Around 120,000 people attended a pro-life march in Peru where abortion is not allowed in most circumstances.
The country has held a national March for Life each year since 2013, with over 750,000 attending the march in 2016. There are also regional shows of support for the right to life, one of which took place two weeks ago on 15 April in the district capital Arequipa in the south of the country.
A spokesperson for the pro-life group Corso por la Vida y la Familia (CORVIDA), which hosted the event, said the parade is a “celebration that … seeks to affirm, promote and protect the value of every person and every human life.”
Abortion introduced in Argentina and Colombia in recent years
Pro-lifers in Peru will be mindful of the introduction of abortion in other countries in South America including Argentina and Colombia in recent years.
At the end of December last year, Argentina’s Senate voted through a bill to introduce abortion on demand to Argentina with 38 votes in favour, 29 against and one abstention.
The abortion Bill in Argentina has come into law despite widespread opposition. Before the vote in the Senate, in November, thousands joined in pro-life demonstrations across more than 500 cities in Argentina in opposition to the proposed abortion law.
Abortion was introduced in Colombia in February last year after a decision of the Constitutional Court.
Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said “The situation in any country can change so quickly. It’s important and encouraging to constantly let our elected leaders know that we do not want abortion. In countries like Peru, these local pro-life marches are an excellent way to ensure the political class know what voters think.”