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APFFC Newsletter 15 December 2013

APFFC Newsletter 15 December 2013

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In This Issue
For Sale: Brick City
 
 
Wade on January 22, 1973, declaring abortion legal and
 
expanding women’s options regarding motherhood, had an unexpected effect. Eighteen years after abortion became accessible to all American women, crime rates dropped  precipitously, leading to the conclusion that an unwanted pregnancy can lead to unfortunate consequences for the child:
 
So, what becomes of a child who is born to an ill-equipped mother, a child who is passed on to a grandparent, or other relative who is even more unprepared to parent an additional child? Are these children raised, tolerated, or simply fending for themselves? By the time they reach secondary education, these kids often lack basic social skills. They lag behind children from more stable environments in reading and math and science. They are feral, uncultivated and uncontrollable. The problems of  poverty, high unemployment and instability, manifest in the classroom as anger, indifference, and ultimately illiteracy. I recall during my own childhood,  before the advent of The Pill, girls in my  Newark neighborhood being spoken of in hushed tones…they “had” to get married. They had “shotgun” weddings. They disappeared to parts unknown and return with a new baby brother or sister. Birth control heralded the advent of the sexual revolution and women were allowed to indulge in recreational sex with few repercussions, or so it seemed at first. The choices and consequences of liberation weighed heavily on young women, while their male counterparts forged ahead, largely unencumbered by responsibility. Although the stigma of teen pregnancy diminished, the burden of single parenting did not, and those who have suffered the most are often the easiest to blame for their behavior. To say a child has been “raised by wolves” is not a reflection on the child. It is a statement about the parents. Raising a child should be viewed as for what it is; a huge responsibility to the child and the community, not as an accident of birth. Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”
 Milagros Milan Harris is and educator, activist, author and Director of Operations for the Akbar  Pray Foundation for Change.
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“The detriment that the State would impose upon the pregnant woman by denying this choice altogether is apparent . . . .  Maternity, or additional offspring, may force upon the woman a distressful life and  future. Psychological harm may be imminent. Mental and physical health may be taxed by child-care. There is also the distress,  for all concerned, associated with the unwanted child, and there is the problem of bringing a child into a family already unable,  psychologically and otherwise, to care for it.”
Raising Your Child to Have Good Manners  by Sandra Hardin Gookin and Dan Gookin:
 
 By Milagros Milan Harris
As a teacher in a large urban high school, I am often taken aback by my observations of young people’s interactions. I am witness to strange  behaviors in these halls; displays of affection, with children hugging each other as if they’d just come back from a war, mixed with hostilities, sometimes verbal, sometimes much more. The language they use in addressing each other is beyond  profane. It is vulgar. They are either unaware, or simply do not care who is within earshot. Girls are more often than not, the aggressors. Boys tell me that if a girl hits them, they are going to hit back. What my generation considered proper  behavior, has been replaced by what some may deem as barbarism. It’s easier to judge their behavior than it is to fix it. Yet these children we stand in judgment of, are only a couple of generations removed from the “Me Generation.” Are these the monsters of our own creation or is this the combination of fear and bravado that has resulted from a generation of children that have been forced to fend for themselves in the hostile environment of the mean city streets? In a 2001 study, entitled
“The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime,” John Donohue III and Steven D. Levitt (of Freakonomics fame), proposed a controversial, yet thought-provoking theory.* In summary, the study takes the position that the unwanted offspring of underage, single parents are more likely to be poor and inclined towards criminal behavior. Their research indicates that the
U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v.  _________________
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Quarterly Journal of Economics 116, no. 2 (2001), pp. 379–420; and John J. Donohue III and Steven D. Levitt
 
 
 
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 RAYMOND CASTRO
 |  NOVEMBER 20, 2013

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