Possible decriminalizacion of abortion causes great controversy in Peru

Isabel Guerra

The possible decriminalization of the “eugenesic abortion,” that is, the one performed when the fetus has a severe disability, or of the so-called “sentimental abortion” (when the pregnancy is due to a rape) has opened a big debate in Peru.

A special committe revised the Peruvian Penal Code, and is supporting the decriminalization of the abortion in such cases.

The decision was rejected by the Justice Minister, Aurelio Pastor, who told the media that the official position of the Ministry is against the decriminalizacion, and remarked that Peruvian laws defend the rights of unborn children.

Luis Solari, a former Minister, claimed that some representatives of the National Assembly of Deans had not been convoked, and that the members of Peruvian Bar of Lawyers “do not feel represented” by Rosa Mavila, the delegate that was invited to the committee.

Solari also said that the figures given by DEMUS, a feminist organization, which claims that in Peru 376,000 clandestine abortions are performed each year “are false.”

On the other hand, Rosa Mavila pointed out that they are trying to decriminalize abortion “only in case of limit situations, to save the mother’s life, or in case of anencephalic fetuses.”

Mavila also stated that Peru is the Latin American country with the highest rate of clandestine abortions.

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