Peruvian Victims Still Wait For Justice

Amidst Pro-Life Victory, Victims of Peru’s Sterilization Campaign Still Being Used—This Time for the Political Gain of Pro-Abortion Advocates Twenty-five years after hundreds of thousands of women were forcibly or coercively sterilized in Peru, these victims are still waiting for justice. A recent decree issued by the Peruvian Justice Ministry may help these women receive reparation for the crimes committed against them. The politics of abortion is complicating this process, however. Many pro-aborts in Peru who once supported the sterilization campaign are now perversely attempting the use the issue to leverage support for legalizing abortion. Their political leaders have turned the issue against pro-life advocates in an attempt to silence the very voices that have always opposed sterilization—but remain aligned politically with the party once responsible for carrying out the campaign. The good news is that these efforts have failed, at least for the moment. Last Tuesday pro-life congressmen carried the day as the Peruvian Congress upheld the right to life for victims of rape. … Last Tuesday’s vote was the second time that the Congress of Peru had rejected a bill aimed at decriminalizing abortion in cases of rape. … Pro-abortion Peru First-Lady Nadine Heredia had expressed support for the failed measure that would have legalized abortion in cases of rape. Referring to pro-life members of the Popular Force Party—headed by Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of ex-President Alberto Fujimori—Heredia tweeted “those who want to sell themselves as defenders of life forget that for ten years they defended forced sterilization.” Pro-life Congresswoman Martha Chavez, a member of the Popular Force Party, condemned the sterilization campaigns long before the current...