Lima, Peru, Nov 23, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The Peruvian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (PSOG) plans to send a new “protocol” to doctors this week what would give the green light to anencephaly abortion in Peru.
Although abortion is not illegal in Peru in cases of the life of the mother, the newspaper “Medical Management” reported that the PSOG has drafted this protocol “amidst a lack of guidance regarding legalized abortion at the country’s hospitals.”
The protocol provides orientation to doctors on “how to act when they encounter the case of a fetus that will invariably die due to a hereditary deformation such as a deficiency in the cranium,” that is, in the case of babies with anencephaly.
Anencephaly poses no risk to the life of the mother and in fact, babies who are born with this condition normally die within hours or days after birth, and the condition is not a justification for legal abortion in Peru, which is why the PSOG announcement was a surprise.