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(10/22/09) -

Many Peruvians Open to Abortion in Some Cases

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Peru are in favour of allowing a woman to terminate her pregnancy in some special cases, according to a poll by Ipsos, Apoyo, Opinión y Mercado published in El Comercio. 58 per cent of respondents agree with allowing an abortion when the life of the mother is in danger, while 38 per cent disagree.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Peru are in favour of allowing a woman to terminate her pregnancy in some special cases, according to a poll by Ipsos, Apoyo, Opinión y Mercado published in El Comercio. 58 per cent of respondents agree with allowing an abortion when the life of the mother is in danger, while 38 per cent disagree.

Additionally, 46 per cent of respondents would allow an abortion when the fetus has defects, and 41 per cent would consent to the procedure when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

Abortion is currently illegal in Peru, except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. The Peruvian Congress is currently studying a proposal to de-criminalize abortion when there is fetal deformation and in cases of rape or incest.

The ruling American Revolutionary People’s Alliance party (APRA) opposes the bill, which has prompted various demonstrations in the capital city Lima, both for and against it.

Yesterday, Peruvian justice minister Aurelio Pastor said the abortion bill is likely to fail in Congress, declaring, "We’re engaged in a discussion that can be approached from many perspectives; religious, legal, principles, etc. But the truth is that there is no way to approve this. In real terms, I don’t think this is going to pass. There is not a sufficient number of votes and there is no will from the majority of Congressmen."

Polling Data

Do you agree or disagree with allowing abortion under each of the following circumstances?

 

Agree

Disagree

Not sure

If the life of the mother is in danger

58%

38%

4%

If the fetus has defects

46%

48%

6%

If the pregnancy is the result of rape

41%

53%

6%

Source: Ipsos, Apoyo, Opinión y Mercado / El Comercio
Methodology: Interviews with 1,000 Peruvian adults in 15 cities, conducted from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, 2009. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.