It was still legal in a large percentage of the states before that ruling.
Not true. Until 1967, abortion was a felony in 49 States; in New Jersey, it was a high misdemeanor. In 1967 abortion began to be legalized incrimentally in the cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality, and physical and mental health of the mother in the States of California, Colorado, and North Carolina. By 1970, 4 states- Alaska, Hawaii, New York, and Washington had laws that permitted abortion on demand. NY was the only State that didn't have a residency requirement and it became an abortion Mecca. In 1972, the NY State legislature voted to repeal NY's liberal abortion laws but it was vetoed by then Governor Nelson Rockefeller.
The point is that one can point to many things as being particularly "bad", but there is no one point where everything was generally good.
I would say things were generally good in this nation between 1945 and the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, the war in Korea notwithstanding. From there on things went steadily downhill for the most part.
This nation has always had issues, but the one thing which was "good" about it is that it at least allowed for proper living for those who chose to do so for the most part.