.- Archbishop Javier Del Rio Alba of Arequipa praised a ruling by Peruâs Constitutional Court on the controversial morning-after pill and explained that the âright to lifeâ has âtriumphed, because that is what the law and medicine demand.â
âThe ruling of the Constitutional Court is absolutely correct, both from the legal and medical point of view,â the archbishop said.
Archbishop Del Rio underscored that the courtâs ruling âdeserves the praise of the Peruvian people, as it constitutes a masterpiece of jurisprudence and scientific knowledge by being founded upon 21st century medicine, the primacy of the Constitution, the countryâs legal order and the respect for International Conventions ratified by Peru.â
The archbishop noted that âother courts in South America have ruled against the morning-after pillâ in recent years and that last week âit was outlawed by the Honduran Congress.â
Ironically, he pointed out, âthe attempts by organizations to interfere in the health policies of our country by distorting the truth and promoting abortion actually contributed to the courtâs ruling, as it was reported during the previous months that the number of abortions and teen pregnancies increased during the six years that the State allowed the pill to be used.â
He called on Peruvians not to be fooled into thinking that the ruling by the Constitutional Court was the result of âpressure from the Church,â or that âwithout the pill the number of unwanted pregnancies would increase.â
âThe justices have acted on the basis of legal arguments and the testimonies presented by the various parties involved in this process,â the archbishop said. âAnd in the end, the right to life and the health of unborn children and of their own mothers has triumphed, because that is what the law and medicine demand,â he said.