Women's reproductive rights under attack in Peru.
There is evidence that during Fujimori's rule, some state-sponsored health care providers coerced women into sterilisations with threats and insults, bribed them with money and food, or failed to provide accurate information or adequate care. These violations were well documented by women's groups, and attempts have been made to seek compensation for the women, some of whom died as a result of poor treatment. Few perpetrators have been brought to court, however, and virtually none of the women or their families have received any form of compensation as yet. Women's groups are concerned that if the Peruvian government is using these violations as a tactic to diminish women's contraception options, low-income and indigenous women's rights will be violated for a second time. Reproductive choices are already limited in Peru, with conscience clauses allowing physicians to opt out of giving care they deem offensive, including emergency contraception and post-abortion care. Abortion is illegal in Peru except when the life or health of the woman is at risk and physicians in Peru are required by law to report any woman they suspect of having had an abortion to the police. (1)
(1.) Loder A. Peru looks to ban popular birth control method. <www.womenseenews.com> 30 August 2002.
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|Title Annotation:||Law and Policy|
|Publication:||Reproductive Health Matters|
|Date:||May 1, 2003|
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