The pro-abortion crowd likes to say that before Roe v. Wade, there were 1 million abortions per year. Not so says Dr. Michael Flanagan.
Consider that we know as fact that in 1967 there were 100 abortion-related deaths due to illegal abortions. Now if there were 1 million abortions, “then the so-called back street butchers were a very skilled group with a mortality rate of 1 per 10,000 abortions,” says Dr. Flanagan. This figure, he says, is three times better than what the British were able to post in 1969 (after legalization there).
In short, the reason why deaths due to abortion were rare before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is because abortion itself was rare.
We are grateful to Dr. Flanagan, a Catholic League member from California, for his help in unmasking another lie about abortion.