Peru: Abortion in Cases of Rape is Still Banned

FEMEN + my body my rules

Women all over the world adopt FEMEN methods using bare-breasted body as a statement of their protest.

The Peruvian Parliament on Wednesday rejected a bill to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape, closing the possibility of a debate in Parliament before the end of the parliamentary session in July 2016. In response, ten bare-breasted women took a protest on Wednesday before the Peruvian Congress.

“This is my body, this is my decision”, “My uterus is not the Congress,” painted women in red and black on their chests, while also chanted slogans that were linked to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The demonstrators were met with a massive police presence that didn’t let them to approach the entrance of the Congress and delivered a document, requesting that the proposal be reconsidered. Some protesters came up after that. The police dispersed them using tear gas.

peru topless protest

In June, President Ollanta Humala had expressed support for the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape, ensuring that “women must have access to their own bodies.”

Over the past five months, the capital Lima has experienced several feminist demonstrations in favor of abortion, which is allowed in Peru in cases of serious malformation of the fetus or when the mother’s life is in danger.

 

Image by Keystone

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