Abortion to save the life or health of a woman has been legal in Peru since 1924, but the majority of Peruvian women are unable to access it. A growing group of public sector doctors, lawyers, midwives, and psychiatrists in Peru is working to change this.
2015 was a momentous year for women—a year of impressive achievements but also extreme hardship. Here are our highlights for 2015.
Breaking the silence on sexual violence and abortion is a critical first step to advancing reproductive rights in Peru.
On Tuesday, the Argentinian and Peruvian Congresses debated bills to expand access to safe and legal abortion.
After a 90-year delay, Peru's health ministry finally released protocols that allow for abortion up to 22 weeks of gestation to protect a woman’s health.
Dejala Decidir in Peru has submitted 60,000 signatures in support of a bill that would decriminalize abortion in cases of rape. Currently, abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the mother.
Last September, one of IWHC’s partner organizations, PROMSEX, along with other feminist organizations in Peru, launched the “Déjala Decidir” (“Let Her Decide”) campaign to collect at least 60,000 signatures in support of a proposal that would decriminalize abortion in the case of rape. (Currently, abortion is only permitted when the woman’s life or health is…
Founded in 2005, PROMSEX is a leading player in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health in Peru and Latin America. The organization aims to ensure access to safe and legal abortion, promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, ensure access to modern family planning methods, and prevent violence based on gender or sexual orientation.
An estimated 35,000 pregnancies occur every year in Peru as a result of rape. Women and girls are faced with two options: seek an illegal abortion and risk going to jail or carry the pregnancy to term.
Susana Chavez, from Peru, is the director of our partner Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (PROMSEX). In this video she answers the question, “What does a just and healthy life for women and girls mean to you?”…