The narrator in The Great American Crime Drop segment of the film states that Roe vs. Wade was the precise opposite of  Ceausescu’s program in communist Romania, wherein abortion was outlawed. No, the opposite would be to make abortion obligatory and outlaw birth.

The voice-over sounds like an elderly black man, an interesting choice given the controversy over the authors’ conclusion on the single most compelling reason for the nation-wide crime drop. There will be fewer elderly black men in decades to come than otherwise would have existed without Roe vs. Wade. Perhaps this and the use of the Romanian dictator (a “right-wing” communist and thus better target for opprobrium) was meant to forestall accusations of a secret hankering for eugenic style solutions on the part of the authors? One wonders.

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