Peru Moves Towards Legalising Abortion
30 November 2009
A Peruvian Congressional Commission has issued a proposal to allow abortion in certain circumstances, including when a woman or girl becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest.
Abortion is currently illegal in Peru unless the mother's life is in danger. Rights groups say that more than 370,000 illegal abortions are carried out in Peru each year, though this figure is contested by anti-abortion activists.
The proposal has been strongly opposed by the Catholic Church in Peru, and the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, has described it as a "death penalty".
In December, the Commission will submit its report to the President of Congress, Luis Alva Castro. He will decide whether or not the issue should be debated in Congress.