UN calls on Peru to relax abortion laws

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Last month The United Nations’ Human Rights Committee called on Peru to legalize abortions for specific circumstances, such as rape and incest.

According to La Republica, the committee recommended that abortions in these cases should be allowed, since “they are performed anyway, but in a clandestine, illegal and unsafe way.”

Former Prime Minister Luis Solari was heavily critical of the commission’s recommendation, and was quoted by El Comercio, saying “The U.N. itself is violating the Convention on the Rights of Children and the American Convention on Human Rights.”

“This is where one realizes that abortion supporters have installed themselves in the United Nations and are using this forum to pressure countries to legalize abortion,” he added.

“What the Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to do is respond, and say that Peru’s laws govern inside Peru, and that the United Nations has no reason to intrude in this,” Solari said to the daily.

The commission’s recommendation came days after thousands of Peruvians gathered in the 2013 Grand March for Life, a pro-life march that took place in several cities across the country.

Abortion is currently illegal in Peru, except in cases where a pregnancy endangers a woman’s life, and when it is necessary to protect a woman’s health. Women found consenting to an abortion can receive up to 2 years in prison.

>According to a >2008 Human Rights Watch report, Peruvian women face difficulties accessing these therapeutic abortions, even when they are protected by law.

Last month The United Nations’ Human Rights Committee called on Peru to legalize abortions for specific circumstances, such as rape and incest.

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