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Roe v. Wade


The Roe v. Wade decision was and remains highly controversial.
  controversial U.S. Supreme Court case overturning many state laws that restricted a woman’s right to abortion (1973)
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  • The Roe v. Wade decision was and remains highly controversial.
  • But because of Roe v. Wade, these children weren’t being born.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • On January 22, 1973, legalized abortion was suddenly extended to the entire country with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In the first year after Roe v. Wade, some 750,000 women had abortions in the United States (representing one abortion for every 4 live births).
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics

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  • Before Roe v. Wade, it was predominantly the daughters of middle— or upper-class families who could arrange and afford a safe illegal abortion.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • What sort of woman was most likely to take advantage of Roe v. Wade?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In New York, California, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, a woman had been able to obtain a legal abortion for at least two years before Roe v. Wade.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In the early 1990s, just as the first cohort of children born after Roe v. Wade was hitting its late teen years—the years during which young men enter their criminal prime—the rate of crime began to fall.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • ) So how did Roe v. Wade help trigger, a generation later, the greatest crime drop in recorded history?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • ) Moreover, there was no link between a given state’s abortion rate and its crime rate before the late 1980s—when the first cohort affected by legalized abortion was reaching its criminal prime—which is yet another indication that Roe v. Wade was indeed the event that tipped the crime scale.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Roe v. Wade [7] , Brown v. Board of Education [8] , Dred Scott Decision [8] , Lemon v. Kurtzman [9] , Loving v. Virginia [9] , New York Times Co. v. Sullivan [9] , Plessy v. Ferguson [9]
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