The law on abortion came up after the discovery that did not contribute to maternal health, as had earlier on been presumed. It also came to the government’s knowledge that some women lie about their reasons for abortion, which leads to the wrongful death of the unborn child. “A Chilean study discovered that the law on abortion decreased maternal death rate by nearly 70% in the nation” (Barzelatto and Fagundes 138). This supported the need for the law. It got discovered that maternal death decreased in the period after the abortion law (Macklin 104). Between 2000 and 2004, abortion was the third leading cause of maternal mortality in the country. This accounted for 12% of all maternal deaths (Mala, 183). The law thus gets considered necessary to save lives in Chile.