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Peru

The Sins of Peru

For all of the debate about whether abortion should be allowed for victims of rape, there hasn't been much discussion about the actual consequences of prohibiting abortion under such circumstances. Sadly, we don't have to imagine the horrific impact such a policy would have…

Here’s A Story to Make You Nice and Mad

07.26.12 - CNN.com is reporting that a pregnant teenager in the Dominican Republic is being denied cancer treatment because of the country's abortion ban…

RH REALITY CHECK: Birth Control Alone Isn't Enough

In 1996, a Peruvian woman named María Mamérita Mestanza Chávez died from complications of a forced sterilization in Peru…

U.N. Calls Peru to Carpet

A human rights committee within the United Nations has called the government of Peru to the carpet.

The country has a long history of public health officials denying women abortion services in cases where their health may be endangered—even though it is legal. …

Argentina Decriminalizes Abortion in All Cases of Rape

This week, the Argentine Supreme Court handed down a historic decision, which clarifies that abortion is decriminalized in all cases of rape. Prior to this ruling, the interpretation of the rape exception in Argentina's abortion law was unclear…

A Girl Who Changed the World, A Victory for Women Everywhere

In 2009, a girl from Peru named L.C. demanded justice.

Two years earlier, she needed an abortion—had a legal right to abortion—and was denied, suffering irrevocable harm. L.C. wanted to hold an entire government accountable, her doctors responsible, for failing her just when she needed their help most…

Decision: L.C. v. Peru

In a groundbreaking decision issued in 

U.N. Rules that Peru Must Relax Restrictions on Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, an international human rights body condemned Peru for violating the human rights of a young woman seeking legal abortion services in the country and ruled that the government must ease its restrictions on abortion

Peruvian state to reopen María Mamérita Mestanza Chávez v. Perú case

During the 143rd period of sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights this week, the Peruvian state announced that it will be reopening the case of  María Mamérita Mestanza Chávez v…

Peru: The Long March to Justice

Six years ago this week, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a groundbreaking victory for the women of Peru and around the world . For the first time, an international human rights body condemned a country for failing to provide abortion services that were both legal and essential to the health of a woman, violating her fundamental human rights in the process…

Our Work in Focus

Six years ago this week, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a groundbreaking victory for the women of Peru and around the world . For the first time, an international human rights body condemned a country for failing to provide abortion services that were both legal and essential to the health of a woman, violating her fundamental human rights in the process…