Crime and punishment

“Where have all the criminals gone?” is the fourth chapter of Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt’s 2005 book, “Freakonomics.” The two economists correlate the banning of reproductive health care with incidents of future violence. The first case is of the Romanian dictator who banned sex ed, contraception and abortions in 1966. Twenty-three years of misery led the populace to violent rebellion with the dictator and his wife put before a firing squad in 1989. In reverse, the U.S. saw a drop in violent crime in the 1990s, more than 17 years past the Roe v. Wade decision. Violent crime dropped 40%.

Moving ahead to 2001, a politician instituted the gag order, and others created ban after ban on women’s access to reproductive health care and self-governing free citizenship. Unplanned children forced into the world have been denied care by the dead-beat politicians and groomed for failure to become prison fodder, cheap labor fodder and cannon fodder for lucrative for-profit industry. America has stumbled into violence. The online statistical service, “Statistica Research Department,” revealed in its March 2023 study of mass shootings that in 2018, mass shootings spiked and continued doing so. This was 17 years after politicians began their bans.

Do we really want to end violence? The First Amendment (freedom of everyone’s religion) and the 14th Amendment (equal protection) must be honored. Our first step is to ban the politicians controlling access to reproductive health care and punishing women and children with an unfunded mandate for misery, suicide, homelessness, broken foster care systems and violence.  

– Stephanie Johnson, Hesperus