dated March 30 and signed by six lawmakers, came in response to a
report by the Population Research Institute’s director for Latin
America, Carlos Polo, about a “supposed ‘National Protocol’ that would
allow for ‘therapeutic abortion’ under certain medical circumstances.”
anti-life and feminist groups in Peru are on the verge of achieving the
legalization of abortion through the implementation of a National
Protocol that in practice would allow abortion for an unlimited number
of cases and is being supported by Peru’s Heath Minister.
abortion is only allowed in Peru in cases of life of the mother or
“grave danger” for her well-being. However, Mazzeti’s
interpretation of “grave danger” would include almost any medical
condition, including “psychological harm.” The Health Minister
also seeks to make abortion available in any clinic, and she would deny
doctors the right to object to the procedure for reasons of conscience.
In their letter
the lawmakers said the “protocol” would be unconstitutional and that
its implementation would be an abuse of executive power. The
approval of such policies, they said, falls to the Congress and would
require constitutional and legal reforms.
group of Peruvian legislators has sent a letter to the country’s Health
Minister, Pilar Mazzeti, requesting that she disclose if her department
is considering issuing norms that would allow “therapeutic abortion.”