The lies worked

U.S. abortion figures were estimated by Dr. Bernard Nathanson in the early 1970s to impress the public and Supreme Court about the need for abortion.  About 100,000 illegal abortions per year became the very real number of 1.5 million LEGAL abortions per year,"  a 15 fold increase. 

Nathanson's group fed the media the figures of 1 million illegal abortions yearly, knowing it was a lie.   About 250 deaths per year were estimated at the time; but Nathanson fed the medial the figure of 10,000 deaths per year (an outrageous number that no one bothered to investigate). 

The lies worked. Since abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy was legalized on 22 January 1973 by the 7-2 vote of the U.S. Supreme Court (Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton), over 50 MILLION LEGAL abortions have taken place in the USA.