In last month’s Catalyst, we ran a story on how Dr. Wayne Goldner told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that there were more abortions in the 1950s than there are today. While no one knows for sure how many illegal abortions took place before it was legalized in all 50 states in 1973, we do know the number of legal abortions that took place in those states that made it legal before Roe v. Wade. Here are the numbers: in 1972, there were 587,000, and by the late 1970s there were 1.5 million (this figure remained fairly constant until a small decline was realized in the mid- 1990s).

In short, Dr. Goldner deserves an “F.” Many thanks to Professor Raymond Adamek of Kent State University for giving us the evidence.

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