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Lost Moai
Posted on: 1 May 2006, 3:23am

I'm surprised this wasn't on here already. Not subtle enough? 
Perhaps a bent coathanger.

The Headmaster
Posted on: 1 May 2006, 10:01pm

Thanks for the coathanger suggestion, that raised some horrified laughs here. It's on the to-do list!

The Headmaster
Posted on: 6 May 20065, 8:45pm

I recognise that this does not match the stated aims of this alphabet (you wouldn't have seen "A for abortion" on many mid C20th classroom walls), but it was too engaging a suggestion to pass up. My sympathy goes out to anyone who has had to make the decision to have an abortion. Thankfully the backstreet methods of a coathanger, or a knitting needle, or a hot bath and gin are no longer necessary in many countries.

I'm reading a 2005 book 'Freakonomics' by celebrated American economist Steven Levitt in which he makes the following interesting claim…

In the mid 1990's the US crime rate was rising year on year and all commentators were predicting that it would continue to do so, and perhaps soon reach unmanageable proportions. Yet then it dropped away: by 2000 the murder rate (for example) was at its lowest level for 35 years. Some said it was down to changes in policing, or rising living standards, or gun control. Levitt claims it was primarily the result of a ruling two decades earlier which legalised abortion throughout the country. Pregnant women without the means, or the support, or the desire to raise a child now didn't have to. Many children who might have grown, through poverty or a lack of love, into a life marked by crime and violence were now unborn.

As social engineering it might bear the taint of eugenics, but it's an interesting theory. And we could remove most of the rest of street crime by legalising drug use.

I'm not suggesting white collar, corporate and government crime would be much reduced though, that needs other measures…

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