What the Peruvian government did to protect the preborn will have you cheering

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The fight to protect the preborn isn’t just happening on American soil.

Countries around the world are making groundbreaking changes to protect the most vulnerable.

And what the Peruvian government did to protect the preborn will have you cheering.

In a groundbreaking move, the Peruvian Congress has declared that human life begins at conception, signifying a monumental victory for pro-life advocates across the nation. 

This new law asserts that the rights of a conceived, unborn child must be protected from the very moment of conception, challenging the previous notion that legal personhood begins only after birth.

The legislation not only recognizes the unique and unrepeatable genetic identity of the unborn child but also acknowledges their independent personality apart from the mother. 

This historic shift grants the conceived, unborn child the right to dignity, life, and integrity on par with any other individual human being.

Amidst the widespread celebration among pro-life activists, there remains a lingering apprehension about the law’s effectiveness. 

Many fear that it could be perceived as a mere “declaratory” statement without tangible impact. The journey to make this legislation genuinely effective is anticipated to be long and arduous.

Congresswoman Milagros Aguayo, an evangelical pastor and member of the conservative Renovación Popular party, initially introduced the bill two years ago. 

Despite its approval in Congress in April, subsequent modifications were made by executive powers. 

Finally, on November 9, the amended bill secured a significant victory with 72 votes in favor, 26 against, and six abstentions.

Father Pablo Augusto Meloni, a renowned physician and priest deeply involved in the pro-life movement, heralded the law’s passage as the initiation of a new phase in the fight against abortion in Peru. 

He emphasized the need to scrutinize and suspend administrative measures favoring abortion, calling for unwavering vigilance.

The only current legal avenue for abortion in Peru is therapeutic abortion, permitted when the mother’s health is endangered by pregnancy. 

However, Father Meloni and fellow pro-life activists argue that the technical parameters defining these circumstances, set by ministerial resolution, are overly permissive and open to abuse.

Father Meloni pointed out the infiltration of pro-abortion groups into state structures, manipulating public opinion through schemes like promoting abortion under the guise of “integral sexual education” in schools. 

He stressed the urgency of revising curricula to counteract this ideological promotion of abortion.

In a region where countries like Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico have recently loosened abortion laws, Peru remains one of the most restrictive nations. 

Pro-life movements, cognizant of the potential abuse of existing legal avenues to expand abortion practices, view the law protecting the rights of the conceived, unborn child as a crucial victory.

Susan Vargas, leading the 40 Days for Life campaign in Peru, sees the new law as a beacon of awareness regarding the rights of unborn children. 

She emphasizes its significance not only for pro-life activists but also for physicians navigating the complexities of their daily work.

Vargas underscores the need for continuous efforts to combat the ideology of abortion and provide genuine support to women facing unexpected pregnancies or trauma from rape. 

Despite economic challenges and a recent political crisis, pro-life movements in Peru, including the 40 Days for Life campaign, remain resilient and committed to their cause.

As Peru emerges from a tumultuous period, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the March for Life in 2023 stands as a testament to the organized and steadfast nature of the pro-life movement. 

While facing economic hurdles, pro-life activists are poised to persevere with the hope of garnering increased support from the church for their lay movements.

In this pro-life triumph, Peru sets a powerful example for the defense of unborn life and the unyielding commitment to protect the most vulnerable among us. 

The battle may be ongoing, but each victory strengthens the resolve to champion the sanctity of life from conception onwards.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.