.- In a revealing letter addressed to Peruâs Health Minister, Alvaro Vida Rivadeneyra, a group of feminist and abortion organizations have demanded the suspension of a norm based on the Peruvian Constitution that requires the defense of the life of the unborn in the countryâs health facilities.
The letter was signed not only by Peruvian feminists but also by representatives of foreign organizations that are also demanding changes in the countryâs health policy, despite being having no authority to intervene in Peruâs domestic affairs.
Those who signed the letter include Susana ChÃ¡vez of the feminist organization âFlora TristÃ¡n,â Anna-Britt Coe of the group âCHANGEâ, Milka Diney of âPathfinder International,â and Julio Zavala of the âPeruvian Association for the Prevention of Un-wanted Pregnancies,â an âONGâ completely unknown in the country.
The letter thanks Rivadeneyra for meeting with the group and demands that he implement âthe main subjects of our discussion.â
The list of demands of the pro-abortion organizations include, among other things, the availability of âOral Emergency Contraception to the publicâ and its inclusion âin Family Planning policies.â The distribution of oral emergency contraception was suspended in the country after it became clear that because of its abortifacient nature, it was a violation of the Constitution and the countryâs laws.
The letter specifically demanded the repealing of a Peruvian norm that requires all health institutions âto protect the life and health of the unborn from the moment of conception and to officially register them as conceived and subject to constitutional rights.â The norm is based on the countryâs Constitution, which explicitly states that the well-being of the unborn be protected.
The group also demanded that concepts such as âreproductive healthâ and âsexual and reproductive rightsâ be incorporated into health policy, despite that fact they are contrary to the Peruâs Constitution.