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Peru: Decriminalization of abortion archived in Congress

Hillary Ojeda

With a vote of 4 votes in favor, two abstentions, and 1 against, Congress filed the case yesterday.

Peru: Decriminalization of abortion archived in Congress

Protesters yesterday outside of Congress. (Photo: El Comercio/Twitter: @PulpinAchorate)

According to the latest survey conducted by Ipsos-Perú, 52% of residents of Lima are in favor of decriminalization of abortion in the case of rape, while 43% disagree. Secondly, 41% believe abortion should be illegal in most cases.

Yesterday, the Peruvian Congress filed the proposal to decriminalize abortion in the case of rape by a vote of 4 in favor, 2 abstentions, and 1 against, according to El Comercio.

“The Commission of Justice and Human Rights of Congress filed the Bill 3839 (decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape) in seeking to safeguard the health of the mother and the best interests of the unborn child,” declared the congressman, Julio Rosas.

The initiative to decriminalize abortion had 64,200 peopled signed on the petition and was backed by the Public Ministry and the Judiciary, reports El Comercio.

On Monday night, about 30 women performed a demonstration to represent the right of women to decide what they can and can’t do with their bodies. They form part of a group that seeks to gain rights for women, called Déjala Decidir.

In light of the demonstration and the submission of the bill to Congress, the Agrupacion Universitaria Riva-Aguero has organized a debate to take place tomorrow, May 27, Wednesday at the Anfiteatro Zolezzi de la Facultad de Derecho PUCP at 6:00 p.m.

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