This seminar, organised by CLACAI (Consortio Latinoamericano contra Aborto Inseguro / Latin American Consortium against Unsafe Abortion) was attended by 106 people from 12 countries in the Latin American region. Its aim was to generate an exchange of ideas and strategies that draw on the experiences and proposals of other fields outside of sexual and reproductive rights, to open us to new approaches, initiatives and allies in the face of the discourses against gender and the onslaught against freedom of expression.
This documentary portrays the way in which attacks against a twisted concept of “gender ideology” in four countries are being used to gain political power by right-wing conservative politicians supported by conservatives in the Catholic and evangelical churches.
Under Article 30 of the Peruvian General Health Law, it is a relatively common practice to report cases of women with induced abortion who come to the emergency services for treatment of complications to the police. However, doing so jeopardises medical secrecy and the patient’s rights to privacy and confidentiality.
In an important step for reproductive rights, Peru has, for the first time, given the green light for medical personnel to offer free emergency contraception through the country’s health centres.
Following a debate over abortion in the case of rape, Peruvian congresswoman Luciana Leon who represents Alianza Popular, claimed that a vaginal wash is an alternative to abortion if a woman has been raped. Susana Chavez from Promsex said “It is very embarrassing, but such arguments have been used by opponents who do not want there to be a debate on abortion”.