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”.