From the May, 2002 issue of Touchstone
abortion Nipping Felons in the Bud by David P. Mortimer

Nipping Felons in the Bud

David P. Mortimer on Abortion & Crime Reduction

In 1729, Jonathan Swift presented, in an anonymous pamphlet, a commonsense solution to the intractable problems of Irish hunger, poverty, crime, and the problem of unwanted children. In A Modest Proposal, he suggested that a fourth of the younger children be fattened and sold in the market for food. Every child—even the illegitimate—would be a wanted child, with all the value and advantage of a prized head of livestock. Crime would plummet. Hunger and overpopulation would end. The stagnant economy would prosper. Simply turn the problem into a profitable solution for the greater good.

The attitude to human life Swi . . .


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