Among other topics, deVeber is currently conducting research on the relationship between legalized abortion and crime rates and the effects of legalized abortion on family formation trends. The research that deVeber has begun and continues to do on these topics is invaluable as it exposes evidence that disproves the assumptions made about the ‘positive’ effects of legalized abortion. In the case of the relationship between legalized abortion and crime rates, the argument has often been made that an outcome of legalized abortion has been a reduction in the numbers of potential criminals and, therefore, in crime rates. Although this argument has been given much attention by mainstream media, there is a significant body of evidence from the academic community, including notable economists and criminologists, which shows that no such correlation exists and that the opposite may in fact be true. Similarly, on the topic of the effects of legalized abortion on family formation trends, an assumption has come to be widely accepted that abortion has had either no effect on family formation, or if it has, then it has been a positive one. A problem with this assumption that has become apparent to us is that very little research has been conducted on this specific subject. What research does exist, however, shows significant negative effects of abortion on family formation, such as an increase in divorce rates for women with a history of abortion.
One interesting example demonstrates how deVeber’s research on these two topics disproves some of the arguments and assumptions made by those who support legalized abortion. Advocates of abortion often assert that legalization has lowered crime rates because it has reduced the number of children born into single parent families, where the risk of engaging in criminal behaviour later in life increases. Far from reducing the number of children born to unmarried women, since the legalization of abortion there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children born into single parent families. Combined with an increase in divorce rates for women with a history of abortion, fewer children are being raised in families with a mother and father since the legalization of abortion.