The Capitalist Case For Banning Abortion
The real reason we need to ban abortion now — how legalized abortion threatens millions of jobs and the American dream.
There’s a killer on the loose in America, one that threatens to kill millions of American jobs. The killer is legalized abortion, but the victim isn’t unborn children, the victim is the Criminal-Justice-Industrial-Complex.
Known as the CJIC, the Criminal-Justice-Industrial-Complex directly provides an estimated 3 million jobs to Americans, while employing many others in related businesses that provide goods and services to the CJIC. Police officers, detectives, security guards, correctional officers, forensics specialists, court employees, and administrators are all examples of jobs created by the CJIC, of which the national average salary is a healthy $49,000 a year, with some positions paying as much as $90,000.
The existence of the CJIC is now being threatened by a national crime rate that has fallen to historic lows, thus eliminating the need for many of these good-paying American jobs.
Not enough has been done to ensure the ongoing production of unwanted children
After World War II, the national crime rate in America began to increase steadily and continued to do so until 1991, when crime was at an all-time high and the prison system was housing more inmates than ever before in US history. Business was booming, and the demand for workers was so great that President Bill Clinton authorized $30 billion in federal spending to expand the CJIC and increase corporate profits from federal prisons.
The war on drugs continued to rage across America while gang activity thrived, and every evening the news media gleefully boasted about the booming crime industry that employed millions across America. It truly was a glorious time for the Criminal-Justice-Industrial-Complex, which meant jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Today however we risk losing it all to lower crime.
In order to have a Criminal-Justice-Industrial-Complex, we must have criminals.
The glory days of the CJIC came to a dramatic and unexpected end when crime rates began to plummet in the early 1990s. Initially, people believed the change was because police were just too good at their jobs (Eck and Maguire, 2000). However, this proved to be false as the national crime rate continued to drop at rates unseen before, despite several attempts to get it back to late 1980s levels. Most law enforcement experts were certain that the downturn in the crime rate was only temporary, and many spoke optimistically of crystal meth as the drug that would soon bring back the glory days of the crack epidemic.
The reality was much darker, as the crime rate continued to decline rapidly, and by 2008, it had fallen back to the levels of forty years prior. Once a job haven for people who had never been arrested but didn’t go to college, the CJIC job market was no longer a sure thing for good hard working Americans who wanted a high paying state job with retirement and benefits.
As crime continued to drop, experts were puzzled yet determined to find the cause. Both local and national government focused on investigating the culprit, confident that they could figure out how to reverse the falling crime rate and save the CJIC. Several hypotheses were raised as to why the crime rate was falling so dramatically:
1. Increased number of police and innovative policing strategies
While initially this made sense, many studies showed that increased police presence and new policing strategies didn’t take effect until the mid-1990s, however by that time crime had already been steadily decreasing for at least 4 years. By 1994, the US had already experienced a significant decline in the national crime rate, and furthermore, the increases in police presence and changes in strategy occurred only in specific cities, while the crime rate had been falling everywhere (Donahue III & Levitt, 2001). The good news was that more police didn’t mean less crime.
2. Increased prison populations and longer prison sentences
Many analysts and law enforcement experts initially agreed that increased prison sentences were keeping criminals off the streets, therefore reducing crime. This would have been good news if it was true since the prison industry directly employs hundreds of thousands of people. The hope was that further research would demonstrate the need for more prisons, and even better, private industry prisons run by job producing corporations. Unfortunately, the research uncovered that the increased prison population only accounted for one-third of the reduction in crime (Levitt & Dubner, 2006), which meant that some other non-job creating factor was likely the main culprit.
3. Changes in crack cocaine and other drug markets
Some experts believed that reduced supply in drug markets resulted in the lowering of criminal activity. This could have been easily fixed by running another military drug smuggling operation like the Iran-Contra affair, thus quickly revitalizing the drug markets and putting Americans back to work. Again, just like police departments, studies confirmed that drug markets were not consistent across the US, whereas the crime rate was falling everywhere.
4. Tougher gun-control laws
There are more guns in America than there are people, and previous research does show a correlation between the homicide rate in the US and the ease of access to guns. Tougher gun laws passed under the Clinton administration may have made it harder for criminals to do their jobs, however, researchers noted that the country with the most guns per capita is Switzerland, where every adult male is issued an assault rifle, and yet Switzerland is one of the safest places in the world (Levitt & Dubner, 2006). More troubling is that two cities that actually instituted handgun bans, Chicago and Washington D.C., actually saw the slowest crime reduction in comparison to the rest of the USA. Conversely, right-to-carry laws also didn’t seem to consistently reduce the crime rate, meaning that policies for more lax gun laws also weren’t the cause. Overall it appeared that gun laws were not the issue.
5. Strong economy
While an overall stronger economy does make certain crimes unattractive, studies have clearly shown that a decline in unemployment of 1% leads to a 1% drop in nonviolent crime. However, during the 1990s, the unemployment rate fell by 2%, while the nonviolent crime rate fell 40%. Violent crime fell at even a greater rate during this period, and many studies claim to prove that there is no link between violent crime and the economy (Donahue III & Levitt, 2001).
Abortion is reducing the number of juvenile offenders, which further threatens jobs.
Various news media outlets and politicians blamed the falling crime rate on one of these five reasons, and there was little to no consensus on which of these was actually the cause. Throughout all the bickering, not a single media outlet or politician managed to mention the real culprit causing the reduction in crime: Abortion.
In 1969, a 21-year-old uneducated alcoholic drug addict from Dallas, who had already previously given up two children for adoption, was pregnant for the third time. Her name was Norma McCorvey, and she wanted to have an abortion in Texas, where it was illegal. McCorvey’s plight was taken up by two young and ambitious lawyers who were pro-choice. The lawyers made McCorvey the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the Dallas County district attorney, Henry Wade, and to protect her identity during court proceedings, McCorvey’s name was disguised as Jane Roe.
The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and on January 22, 1973, the court ruled to allow legal abortion throughout the USA. This landmark decision would forever be infamously known as Roe v. Wade. McCorvey herself later became a pro-life activist and actually gave birth to the child in question, however, her case set in motion a chain of events that now threaten to bring the CJIC to its knees, perhaps killing millions of good-paying jobs.
In order to have a Criminal-Justice-Industrial-Complex, we must have criminals. After decades of studies, it is clear that children born into adverse family situations are far more likely to become criminals, and the type of women that tend to get abortions are those that have children under adverse circumstances. In other words, women who get abortions oftentimes are the very same women who are responsible for producing the criminals needed in order to protect CJIC jobs.
We know that legal abortion is the primary cause of the falling crime rate, and can further confirm this fact by looking at three major pieces of evidence:
First, the timing of the decline in the crime rate correlates perfectly with when abortion first began to be legalized. Steps toward legalization were first taken by specific states in the late 1960s. By 1970 abortion was entirely legal in New York, California, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, and in 1973, abortion was made legal in all 50 states. The permanent crime rate decline started after 1991, which is right around the time that the unwanted kids who were aborted in the early 1970s would have been reaching the age of adult criminal. Thus each year that went by after 1991 saw fewer and fewer criminals on the street, and the crime rate continued to drop accordingly.
Second, a strong positive correlation exists between criminal profiles and the conditions that exist for women who tend to get abortions. Studies show that women who have abortions are 50% more likely to raise a child in poverty should they give birth, and furthermore, the unborn children would have been 60% more likely to grow up in a single parent home. Both of these factors are in fact among the strongest predictors that a child will have a criminal future (Donahue III & Levitt, 2001).
Third, all other possible causes were proven by research to not be the reason for the dramatic and steady drop in crime, and furthermore, abortion is the only variable that both occurred nationally and demonstrates a correlation with the drop in crime. The harsh reality is that the women who previously produced unwanted children were allowed to have abortions, which is tragic since unwanted children are precisely what we need in order to keep the crime rate up and the CJIC thriving. Legalized abortion threatens to put millions of Americans out of work, and therefore we must repeal Roe v. Wade in order to save the jobs created by the Criminal-Justice-Industrial-Complex.
We should be looking at the private exploitation of prisoners as a positive for the economy. The more prisoners, the more jobs for hard-working Americans.
By continuing to keep abortion legal we threaten job growth in police departments and other areas of enforcement, however, we also jeopardize the prison privatization boom that began in the 1980’s under the administrations of President Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. President Bill Clinton further did a great job at boosting the CJIC by cutting the federal workforce, which resulted in the Justice Department contracting out private prison corporations for the incarceration of undocumented workers and high-security inmates (Paláez, 2008). Currently, there are over 2 million incarcerated prisoners in America, each of which generates an average of $31,000 annually for the CJIC.
While some critics label the cost of incarcerating prisoners as an expense to tax-payers, in reality, much of the tax dollars spent on these prisoners go directly to private industry, and thus into the pockets of corporate employees and their workers. Furthermore, private prisons are far more efficient at utilizing prison labor and generating profits, and therefore we should be looking at the private exploitation of prisoners as a positive for the economy.
The more prisoners, the more jobs for hard-working Americans. Also important to mention is the downturn in the number of detainees in juvenile detention, as juvenile offenders oftentimes go on to be full criminals, and therefore are important for the CJIC. In other words, juvenile offenders are vital raw materials for the CJIC and are therefore important for economic growth. Legal abortion is reducing the number of juvenile offenders, which threatens jobs.
While the three previous administrations enacted policy that supported the CJIC, the Obama administration took active measures to weaken the industry. Obama’s shortsighted initiatives led to a decline in private prisons since he considered them to be more expensive and less safe than government-run facilities. Obama went so far as to issue an executive order reducing the number of federal private prison contracts (Riley, 2018), a move that certainly was a job and profit killer for the CJIC.
In 2016, private prison stocks were at their lowest point since 2008, and in that very same year, the United States Justice Department was actually celebrating the decline of private prisons while developing a plan to phase out its use of private prisons entirely. Why the Obama administration would want to eliminate jobs in order to improve the safety and human rights of incarcerated prisoners is anyone’s guess, however, it is clear that Obama put the fair treatment of people before jobs, and that is unacceptable.
While Obama did take some steps that promoted the militarizing of the police force, his administration’s efforts to reduce both the prison population and number of unwanted children in the foster care system can only be described as shamefully anti-American.
Finding homes for unwanted children threatens to kill hundreds of thousands of CJIC jobs
Another threat to the CJIC is the ruling by the Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage since this has increased the number of same-sex couples adopting children. Currently, only about 16,000 children have been adopted by same-sex couples, which doesn’t currently pose too much of a risk for the CJIC.
The real danger is that an estimated 2 million same-sex couples are interested in adopting children, which if allowed, threatens to completely eradicate the population of unwanted children, therefore eliminating the incubator where we foster our future criminals. Adoption agencies view legally married couples as more legitimate, and so the law allowing a same-sex couple to marry makes it far more likely that they will be approved to adopt.
Finding homes for unwanted children threatens to kill hundreds of thousands of CJIC jobs, and therefore we must eliminate same-sex marriage and make it impossible for same-sex couples to adopt. Also troubling is that this homosexual threat is coming at the same time when more and more women are getting IUDs, which leads to fewer unintended pregnancies, and thus fewer criminals.
There is good news. When President Trump was elected in November of 2016, the stock prices of the two largest private prison companies, CoreCivic and Geo Group, increased 140% and 98% respectively. Several media outlets attributed the dramatic rise of the private prison stocks to Trump’s commitment to attacking minorities and immigrants, which translates to more people being incarcerated, and therefore an increase in private prison profits.
Both CoreCivic and Geo Group donated heavily to the Trump election campaign in 2016, and understandably so since their business thrived as a result of his victory. Wall Street correctly calculated that with Trump in the Oval Office, more people would be behind bars and that the agencies responsible for filling up the prison system would receive more resources and support for persecuting immigrants and their children. While these are positive steps, not enough has been done to ensure the ongoing production of unwanted children.
What’s more important, a few thousand women, or thousands of jobs, jobs, jobs?
Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that the Obama administration had “impaired the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s ability to meet the future needs of the correctional system.” Less than a month after President Trump’s inauguration, Sessions reversed the Obama anti-job policy and rescinded the directive that would curtail government use of private prisons (Riley, 2018). This welcome measure saved the jobs of many grateful Americans who depended on prison privatization for higher salaries and corporate job perks. Trump further took a strong anti-homosexual stance, with his administration taking active measures to limit same-sex couples ability to adopt children.
Pro-lifers claim that abortion is a baby killer, but few, if any, use the argument that it should be outlawed since it is a job killer.
Trump and Pence have also tackled the issue regarding legal abortion head on and achieved some small victories. In Georgia, it is now illegal to abort a fetus declared to have a heartbeat, which is a clever way of skirting around Roe v. Wade. Trump has also begun to defund Planned Parenthood, which is an important step for preventing poor single mothers from having abortions, as well as reducing the use and effectiveness of IUD’s. Many that are against these actions by the Trump administration have argued that defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Roe v. Wade will result in thousands of female deaths during childbirth. We need to ask ourselves however what’s more important, a few thousand women, or thousands of jobs, jobs, jobs? It should also be noted that motherless children are much more likely to become criminals. While the Trump administration has done much to get us back on track, we need to do more.
Currently, the abortion debate is mostly ideological and focused on personal freedom v. religious morals. Pro-lifers claim that abortion is a baby killer, but few if any use the argument that it should be outlawed since it is a job killer. One thing all Americans love is jobs, and jobs are an important campaign topic for both Republicans and Democrats alike. Perhaps the unifying voice in the abortion debate can be that jobs come before anything else, and we need to repeal Roe v. Wade in order to save the Criminal-Justice-Industrial-Complex. Furthermore, with combined efforts, we can actually grow the crime industry to new levels and employ many more Americans who can benefit from the persecution, processing, and subsequent incarceration of unwanted children that have no chance of becoming anything other than hardened criminals. It is the perfect business model for long term economic sustainability, and for ensuring that millions of Americans can purchase homes, automobiles and consumer goods, all of which are vital for keeping the economy moving forward.
It is clear that legal abortion must go, but more effort from state and federal politicians is needed in order to further promote the privatization of prisons and subsequent exploitation of prison labor. It is further important that we protect the drug markets and continue to allow immigrant criminals into America. The drug markets are currently under siege by recent crackdowns overseas where the supply of synthetic narcotics is being curtailed. We can easily fix this by deregulating the pharmaceutical industry in America so that they can supply drug dealers without worrying about government meddling. While many of Trump’s policies have done wonders to promote the CJIC, building a wall on the Mexican border threatens to decrease the number of criminals coming in from other countries. As long as legalized abortion exists, we will need to continue to import criminals in order to keep the job market steady, and therefore the border should remain open and patrolled by thousands of paid CJIC workers.
The CJIC provides millions of Americans with living-wage jobs and further offers the opportunity to earn a salary above the national average. Efforts that have been taken to reduce the number of unwanted children have put the CJIC in jeopardy, with legal abortion being the greatest threat. In order to preserve the CJIC, we must increase our production of unwanted children all across America, and not just in specific cities and states. Since Abortion was legalized in the early 1970s, it may take a couple of decades for new unwanted children to mature into full-fledged criminals, so in the interim, we need to continue importing criminals. Since so much damage to the CJIC has already been done, it’s vital that we repeal Roe v. Wade immediately, and make certain that the newly produced unwanted children don’t end up in the hands of same-sex couples who will actually nurture and love them. Congress must act now to prevent the abortion of the Criminal-Justice-Industrial-Complex before it’s too late.