Abortion Fights Crime?

Here's something to chew on: Know why the murder rate took a sudden dip in the 90s? No, it wasn't stricter gun control laws or more police presence. The lower murder rate was a direct result of legalizing abortion in 1973. According to the authors of bestseller Freakonomics, criminals are often born into the same troubled households - with single moms, poverty, drug use, etc. - that give rise to abortions. We know, it's a pretty dark thought. Freakonomics, the 2005 book-long study of cause and effect, was recently made into a film, and it's the first screening at the new Coral Gables Art Cinema, which opens October 15. After our conversation with cinema director Robert Rosenberg last month, we expected programming to include films like La Yuma, that is, foreign and romantic. Maybe it was all that talk of the cinema's wine and high-end pastries.
Fri., Oct. 15, 7 & 9 p.m., 2010
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Amanda McCorquodale