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Peru: Hundreds of women march for accessible abortion in Lima04:06

Peru: Hundreds of women march for accessible abortion in Lima

Peru, Lima
September 29, 2022 at 12:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of women marched through the streets of downtown Lima on World Abortion Rights Day on Wednesday, demanding legal and accessible abortion.

Members of human rights organisations, feminist activists and civic groups called for greater public and governmental awareness of the right to abortion.

Peru is a country with high rates of sexual violence against women and girls, forced motherhood and poor sexual education, as well as deaths from unsafe abortions.

"In most Latin American countries such as Peru, women do not have access to contraceptives, nor to a conceptual method that guarantees them a possibility to continue with their lives, and that is necessary for abortion to be legal to be able to develop as women and be able to achieve many things," a demonstrator said.

Abortion is prohibited in Peru, and the only non-punishable form of abortion is therapeutic abortion when a pregnant woman faces a potentially lethal risk, or her health is seriously compromised.

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Hundreds of women marched through the streets of downtown Lima on World Abortion Rights Day on Wednesday, demanding legal and accessible abortion.

Members of human rights organisations, feminist activists and civic groups called for greater public and governmental awareness of the right to abortion.

Peru is a country with high rates of sexual violence against women and girls, forced motherhood and poor sexual education, as well as deaths from unsafe abortions.

"In most Latin American countries such as Peru, women do not have access to contraceptives, nor to a conceptual method that guarantees them a possibility to continue with their lives, and that is necessary for abortion to be legal to be able to develop as women and be able to achieve many things," a demonstrator said.

Abortion is prohibited in Peru, and the only non-punishable form of abortion is therapeutic abortion when a pregnant woman faces a potentially lethal risk, or her health is seriously compromised.