Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bill Bennett: "[Y]ou could abort every black ba ... [Media Matters] 

Wow, this is one heck of a misunderstanding of a study. Especially coming from the former Secretary of Education. Freakonomics clearly explains that abortion can be correlated with future crime rates based on the fact that most women who choose to have an abortion do so because they've decided they're not emotionally or financially capable of raising the child properly. Race was not deciding issue.

Is it possible that this is more applicable to African American women due to their lower than average income levels? Perhaps, but again, race is not the reason for the abortions.

By the way, according to William Bennett's biography posted on his radio show web site, "He is also the chairman of Americans for Victory over Terrorism, a project dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public opinion as the war on terrorism moves forward." What the heck is that? Some kind of propaganda machine?

Bill Bennett: "[Y]ou could abort every black ba ... [Media Matters]: "Addressing a caller's suggestion that the 'lost revenue from the people who have been aborted in the last 30 years' would be enough to preserve Social Security's solvency, radio host and former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett dismissed such 'far-reaching, extensive extrapolations' by declaring that if 'you wanted to reduce crime ... if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.' Bennett conceded that aborting all African-American babies 'would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do,' then added again, 'but the crime rate would go down.'"

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