In fact, of the 5 cases that took place in 2008, 3 were ectopic pregnancies and 2 were actually unspecified abortions, presumably attributable to clandestine abortion. Thus, a more precise statement should be that 2 out of 41 cases were attributable to complications of abortion. This means 4.87% and not more than 10% of the total maternal deaths registered that year. Moreover, due to the very low maternal mortality exhibited by Chile, it is inappropriate to use percentages to refer those causes that only have 1 or 2 cases. The risk of maternal death by abortion in Chile was 1 in 2,000,000 women at fertile age in 2008 and 1 in 4,000,000 women at fertile age in 2009. In other words and from an epidemiological perspective, when the numerators are very low, the proportions and rates are very unstable for comparison purposes because 1 or 2 cases make a big change in the proportion or rates. As discussed in our article, according to the most recent report published by Chilean National Institute of Statistics, the maternal mortality ratio for 2009 was 16.9 per 100,000 live births (43 deaths) and the figures for indirect causes (codes O99, O98), gestational hypertension and eclampsia (codes O14, O15), abortion (code O06), and other direct obstetric causes were 18 (41.9%), 11 (25.6%), 1 (2.3%) and 13 (30.2%) respectively.
We know that countries that banned abortion have seen no increase in overall maternal mortality. A recent study in Chile proves this beyond broad statistics and dispels the myth that women are irrational and would run in droves to abort their babies by whatever means are available even if it risks death, disfigurement, and disability. Not only did maternal deaths do to abortion not rise, they fell. The original numbers are close enough where I do not claim it will lower numbers, but it certainly doesn’t raise them, not in Chile, Poland, Malta, or Ireland. Abortion has for many women serious emotional consequences as well as physical complications. Pro-life laws save both women and children the devastation of abortion. The abortion advocates lied to us in the beginning. They are lying now. The truth is that we need fewer abortions and more compassion and responsibility. America can do better than abortion. From the interview in the first link: