One of the most notable findings in the original “Freakonomics” is how the authors related the legalization of abortion in the 1970s to the increase in crime that did not happen that had been anticipated for the 1990s. Their theory was that a rise in abortion meant that fewer unwanted children were growing up in the sort of difficult circumstances that increase the likelihood of criminality. Here you should read or reread the healthy memory blog post “Turning on Genes in the Brain.” It notes that the single best predictor for the healthy growth of a baby is to ask its mother, “Did you want this child?” Research has documented what happens to children whose mother answered “No” to this question. The short answer is a troubled childhood followed by a troubled adulthood (Read the blog for justification for this statement), with adverse consequences to society.
You should also read or reread the healthy memory blog “Domains of Knowledge.” There are many domains of knowledge, but two especially that should be kept distinct: science and religion. Historically, religion has tried to stand in the way of science; fortunately, it failed, or our existence today would be quite primitive. Even today there are religious people who interfere with the accurate teaching of science, with the implication of policies based on science, and with the conducting of important research.
Biological life is essentially irrelevant to religion. Souls are what is important.
Imagine someone is being questioned by God or one of his subordinates as he tries to enter heaven and argues that he is entitled to enter because he is pro-life. God might well be insulted and ask, “Don’t you think I’m a loving and merciful God? Do you think I advocate a policy that not only makes the child’s life miserable, but also does myriad damages to society?. Or do you think I am a vengeful God and want to punish someone who did not follow my commandments even though that punishment would have many adverse effects? Or do you think that I am incompetent and am incapable of saving the soul when physical life is destroyed?
HM would not have this problem as he is pro-quality life. There might be other obstacles to prevent him from entering heaven, but he would get a pass on the abortion question.
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