When Chile moved to totally ban abortion in 1989, abortion campaigners insisted that illegal abortion rates would climb and harm caused to women from the same would also increase. But deaths from illegal abortion plummeted after the ban, and Chile has become a leader in maternal healthcare with one of the lowest maternal mortality rate in the Americas. Now a new examination of the official records by the MELISA Institute – published in the official journal of the Chilean Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that not only abortion-related mortality continued its decreasing trend in Chile, but hospital discharges due to illegal abortion have also significantly decreased during the last decade. The Institute notes that: ” Chile displays a continuous decreasing trend of hospital discharges due to complications of abortions suspected to be illegally induced – represented by specific codes of the World Health Organisation classification – at a rate of 2% per year since 2001” – a
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