Maternal Mortality Rate (International)

Peru accepted a law that acknowledges that life starts at conception. Abortion is still allowed when the mother’s life is in danger, but each unborn child has the right to dignity, life, and integrity, just like any other person. According to Dr Calum Miller, the claim that these strict laws will cause more women to die from illegal abortions is not true. In 2017, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Sage Open Medicine proved that a woman is 2-4 times as likely to die from any cause, and 6-7 times as likely to die from suicide within a year following abortion, compared to childbirth. Numerous sources show that after abortion restrictions, maternal mortality rates decrease (for example in Poland, Ireland and Chile), while in South Africa, the mortality rate increased after legalisation of abortion.