For Release: August 13, 1999
Contact: David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 x106 or Project21@nationalcenter.org
A new study proposing that legalized abortions have caused a reduction in crime is causing great concern among members of the African-American leadership network Project 21, many of whom fear such ideas could be used to resurrect racist population control programs of the past meant to control the black population in the United States.
"According to this troubling new study by the liberal elite, all it takes to predict criminal activity is to take a look at the color of the skin of the mother. If you can get a black woman to abort her unborn child, you can make the world a better place to live," said Project 21 National Advisory Council member Jackie Cissell of the Indiana Family Institute.
"Legalized Abortion and Crime," a study by University of Chicago economist Steven D. Levitt and John J. Donohue III of the Stanford Law School, says abortions can be credited for a reduction in murders, other violent crimes and property-related offenses by approximately one-half since 1991. Given the legal right to terminate a pregnancy since 1973, it is believed that the reduction in the number of unwanted children to poor households resulted in fewer young adults prone to criminal activity. Citing previous research, according to the August 10 Washington Post, the study mentions that trends in the African-American community fit this pattern.
Cissell added, "If economics had anything to do with the survival of the races, this idea would have made us extinct a long time ago."
Project 21 members are concerned that the widespread acceptance of the conclusions of studies like "Legalized Abortion and Crime" could be used to resurrect population control plans similar to Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's racist "Negro Project" of the 1930s. The "Negro Project" was created to reduce the size of black families so blacks would not overwhelm whites in number. Sanger sought to use birth control policies overall for the "weeding out of the unfit, or preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives."
"This is eugenics with a happy face," said Project 21 National Advisory Council member and writer Kimberely Jane Wilson. "The abortion people will stop at nothing to justify their deep desire to kill babies in the womb. There is nothing they won't twist and no moral tenet they won't flout."
Project 21 has been a leading voice of the African-American community
since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 507-6398
x106 or Project21@nationalcenter.org,
or visit Project 21's website at http://www.project21.org/P21Index.html.