In Peru, the Parliamentary Laws’ Commission has rejected the draft law “to decriminalise abortion in the case of rape, thus ruling out the opportunity for a Parliamentary debate prior to closure of the Parliamentary session in July 2016”. The debate was held in Parliament on Tuesday and lasted almost two hours.
The draft law was based on a “popular initiative” backed up by almost 50,000 signatures and feminist groups arguing that “women are entitled to use their bodies as they choose”. Last June, Peruvian President, Ollanta Humala, publically supported on television the decriminalisation of abortion in the case of rape based on the fact that “women must be able to do what they want with their bodies”, following the rejection by a legislative commission of a similar draft law in May.
“Abortion is inconceivable for most Peruvians. Defending life goes beyond religion and politics. We cannot allow this country to promote death”, declared Julio Rosas, MP and Evangelical Pastor.
In Peru, abortion is authorised in the event of serious foetal deformity or when the mother’s life is in danger.
AFP (26/11/2015) – L’Essentiel (25/11/2015)