From the January/February, 2003 issue of Touchstone

Unsafe, Deadly & Legal by Janice Shaw Crouse

Unsafe, Deadly & Legal

Janice Shaw Crouse on Abortion 30 Years After Roe v. Wade

One of the most important abortion mantras is “make abortion safe, legal, and rare.” It is legal, but it is not necessarily safe, and it is certainly not rare. The United States has the highest legal abortion rate among Western nations. Over one million children are aborted in the United States every year.

It is not rare among American women. Since Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United States in 1973, over 40 million abortions have been performed. In 1973, out of 46.8 million women of childbearing age (ages 14–44), there were 745,000 abortions. By 1996, with 60.4 million women of childbearing . . .


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