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Part I of this Comment explores 2001 research by John Donohue and Steven Levitt finding that legalized abortion significantly contributed to a decrease in crime starting in 1991. Part II of this Comment will explore the background of abortion. Part III will highlight the scope of abortion following Roe by analyzing Donohue and Levitt’s abortion-crime link. Part IV of this Comment will succinctly summarize these conclusions.


Samantha Moore: J.D. Candidate, 2024, University of Dayton School of Law; B.S., 2021, Indiana State University.

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