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LifeSiteNews: In response to a campaign titled “Imaginary Couples,” in which famous heterosexuals are portrayed as homosexual couples to promote gay “marriage,” a group of anonymous young Peruvians have launched their own marriage-promoting campaign on Facebook, titled “Real Couples.”
BuzzFeed: The struggle over LGBT rights in Peru has taken an ugly personal turn, with the leader of the country’s Catholic Church accusing a popular politician of pushing for civil union legislation in order to “justify his [sexual] orientation.” Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, leader of Peru’s Catholic church, slammed Congressman Carlos Bruce’s decision to introduce the legislation on Thursday, along with other members of his legislative bloc.
LifeSiteNews: In at least three different marches organized in various cities of Peru in recent weeks, as many as 130,000 people have marched to express their support for the right to life and their opposition to the legalization of abortion, which is being heavily promoted in Peru by international organizations.
AP: Lawyers for Chile’s government argued Thursday that judges at the United Nations’ highest court should reject a request by Peru to draw a maritime boundary between the two countries, arguing the boundary was settled in a 1952 treaty.
LifeSiteNews: A campaign by Peru’s Planned Parenthood affiliate to lower the age of sexual consent to fourteen years of age is being condemned by the nation’s Catholic bishops as a potential boon for sex trafficking of minors, as well as an incentive to abortion and other vices
Hunter T. Carter at Americas Quarterly: However, the consensus toward marriage equality is not seen across our hemisphere. Chile, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay, along with Central America and the Caribbean, prohibit or do not recognize marriage, or any other form of protection for relationships, of same-sex couples.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has this post indicating that the United Nations is targeting Peru over its abortion policies.
Acipresna.com: (translated to English from Spanish by Google): Reassess and highlight the values of family inspires a genuine human development is one of the conclusions of the International Symposium entitled “Why go for the family ? ” held on 18 January in the city of Chiclayo, a city in northern Peru . . . The symposium, organized by the Family Grows (CreceFam), was attended by Dr. Piero Tozzi, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund of the United States, which addressed the theme of “family status in the global context.”
LifeSiteNews.com: n a blow to her former leftist supporter base, Peruvian president Ollanta has appointed a pro-life woman to the head of the Ministry of Women and Social Development, after firing her pro-abortion predecessor.
C-Fam Friday Fax: he Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), a New York-based pro-abortion law firm, reported on the conclusion of a proceeding under the optional protocol of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), even though the official decision has not yet been published by the CEDAW committee. It involves the case of L.C. v. Peru, brought before the CEDAW committee by CRR.
Center for Reproductive Rights: Today, an international human rights body condemned Peru for violating the human rights of a young woman seeking legal abortion services in the country and ruled that the government must ease its restrictions on abortion.
LifeSiteNews.com: eruvian pro-life organizations are sounding the alarm over a string of pro-abortion and anti-family appointments being made at the country’s Ministry of Women following the election of socialist Ollanta Humala.
Noticias Globas (Google translation): Peru’s Constitutional Court rejected the application requesting the removal of religious symbols from courts across the country. In Argentina, two judges of the Supreme Court intended the removal of crucifixes from the courts.
AFP: Debate over civil unions for gays has divided Peru’s socially conservative electorate ahead of next month’s presidential vote, drawing particularly fierce opposition from the Catholic church.
TIME Blog: Presidential front-runner Alejandro Toledo, trying to win back the office he held between 2001 and ’06, got things going after his party announced that it supported civil unions for same-sex couples. “We are not promoting gay marriage, but we are fully behind civil unions,” said Toledo.
Catholic Culture: “On Saturday, Feb. 19, hundreds of Peruvian Catholics gathered at the entrance to the Cathedral of Lima to pray a Rosary for Peace in response to a “Kiss-in Against Homophobia” organized by a small group of homosexuals and lesbians just a few yards away from the church.”
Living in Peru: “Former President Alejandro Toledo will push for legalization of gay and lesbian civil unions if he is elected, his campaign chief told daily El Comercio. The proposal is included in Toledo’s government plan under the eighth point titled ‘All Peruvians are Equal.’”
Adventist News Network: “Members of Peru’s congress voted last week to approve legislation guaranteeing the religious liberty of all citizens, a freedom already recognized by the South American country’s constitution.” | Via Religion Clause.
Catholic News Agency: “The president of the Peruvian bishops’ committee on the family has warned the country’s Congress that lowering the age of sexual consent will turn Peru into a ‘sexual paradise’ for tourists interested in child prostitution. The Peruvian Congress is currently debating a measure that would lower the legal age of sexual consent from 18 to 14 years old.”
Catholic News Agency: “Amnesty International has announced it will give Peru’s ministry of health a petition signed by 11,000 people calling for the legalization of abortion.”
CNA: The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has awarded Peru’s Minister of Health, Oscar Ugarte for his “efforts in support of reproductive health.” Several months ago, Ugarte ignored a ruling by Peru’s Constitutional Court and went forward with the distribution of the morning-after pill.
Living in Peru: “The Homosexual Movement of Lima (MHOL) has expressed its surprise about lawmaker José Vargas proposal on legalization the civil union among people of the same sex. Christian Olivera, President of the MHOL, considers that a possible approval of this initiative may prevent the future approval of gay marriage in Peru.”
Living in Peru: “After the approval of gay marriage in Argentina, two homosexual organizations in Lima announced they are seeking for political allies among the candidates running in Peru’s 2011 presidential elections, in order to promote gay marriage in Peru.”
LifeSiteNews: The embassies of the United States, Britain, and the Netherlands have joined the United Nations to issue a declaration in favor of “gay rights” in Peru. ‘On the occasion of the celebrations of this year of Gay Pride in Peru, we express our support and solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in Peru,’ the signatories declare. ‘Transgender’ is a reference to those who claim that their “true” sex is different from their physical sex . . . ”
Catholic News Agency: “Seven foreign embassies in Peru have expressed support for protests organized by homosexual activists groups demanding the legalization of same-sex unions by claiming they are being discriminated against. The statement of support was signed by the Embassies of Australia, Belgium, the United States, Holland, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Sweden and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS.”
Living in Peru: “The medical protocol for therapeutic abortion, to be used in public health hospitals, may be ready in another two or three months, said the Ministry of Health, Oscar Ugarte.”
Catholic News Agency: “The political party Tierra y Libertad (Land and Freedom) led by suspended priest Marco Arana is demanding that the Peruvian government embrace the homosexual agenda by allowing same-sex “marriage” in the country.”
LifeSiteNews: “About 55,000 people in the cities of Lima, Arequipa el Corso, and Piura marched to express their opposition to the distribution of the abortion-inducing ‘morning after pill’ in Peru last week.”
Aciprensa: “The March for Life organized by the Center for Family Promotion and Birth Control (CEPROFARENA) [gathered] more than 30 thousand people in Lima (Peru) . . . while In Arequipa Corso for Life brought together more than 18 thousand. Both demonstrations rejected abortion [and] the illegal decision of Health Minister Oscar Ugarte, to distribute the morning-after pill contrary to the Constitutional Court and the provisions of the Constitution.” [modified Google translation]
Catholic News Agency: “The Peruvian bishops’ Committee on the Family, Childhood and Life criticized the government’s stubbornness in pushing the distribution of the morning-after pill, despite the fact that the country’s Constitutional Court ruled last year that the pill cannot be sold or distributed due to its abortifacient potential.”
Living in Peru: “Peru’s Health Minister Oscar Ugarte announced that public hospitals will resume distributing the morning-after pill, since international research requested by his department concludes that the pill is not a method of abortion.”
Library of Congress: “Peru’s Special Revision Commission on the reform of the Criminal Code approved an amendment that would decriminalize abortions performed in cases of rape or congenital malformations of the fetus.”
LifeSiteNews: “At the same time as the Peruvian Congress considers depenalizing abortion in rape and fetal deformity cases, a new poll indicates that a majority of the Peruvian people oppose the measure.”
Catholic News Agency: “A new bill that would legalize abortion in cases of rape and fetal deformation has moved through a Congressional committee in Peru and will be sent to the floor of the Peruvian Congress in the coming months, despite widespread opposition to the measure among voters.”
CNA: “Last Friday Bishop Jesus Moline Labarta presented 33,000 signatures from voters against abortion to the Peruvian Congress in an effort to promote the defense of life from conception to natural death as the Constitutional Tribunal debates the legality of the morning-after pill.”
LifeSiteNews: “Human rights organizations have thoroughly documented evidence that women were physically coerced, threatened, tricked, and enticed with economic incentives during the implementation of the program, which sterilized a total of approximately 400,000 Peruvian women in just two years, 1997 and 1998, with the help of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).”
LifeSiteNews: “In a May 28 letter, the Bishops Conference of Peru has “formally” requested that the bishops of Canada cease funding pro-abortion groups in Peru via the Canadian Catholic Organization of Development & Peace (D&P).”
CNA reports: During the Te Deum marking Peru’s Independence Day, the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, called on the government to resist international pressure to pass laws that would “attack life and the family.”