Topless Feminists Protest Outside Judicial Building to Demand Legalized Abortion in Peru

International   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Aug 27, 2015   |   4:03PM   |   Lima, Peru

In Peru, abortion proponents protested outside the Palace of Justice in Lima and urged Congress to approve a law that would decriminalize abortion in case of rape. However, these protestors decided to undress to get their message across and walked around half-naked with flowers painted on their chests.

Classy, right? The theme of their event was “my body, my life, my decision.”

The group that organized the event, Dejala Decidir, says they’ve had multiple demonstrations in Peru. In fact, the group had a run in with the police on August 12th at an event in downtown Lima. Peru This Week reports that during the event protestors walked around bare-chested with painted words and smeared fake blood on their bodies. Although it is unclear how the abortion proponents got into a conflict with the police, officials had to use tear-gas to stop the event.

Currently, abortion is illegal in the Catholic country except when the life of the mother is in danger. In May, a measure to allow rape victims to get abortions failed in Peru and congressman Juan Carlos Eguren said the following about the bill: “It has been decided to shelve this bill, which was proposed by civil society groups that aimed to decriminalize abortion, based on criteria proposed by the congress committee that the basis of the right to life is from the moment of conception.”

As LifeNews previously reported, an 11-year-old rape victim was the focus of a debate about abortion laws in Latin America after her mother requested she obtain a late-term abortion. Thankfully, her request was denied because abortion is only permitted after 20-weeks when a woman’s life is in danger. The Health Minister of Paraguay, Dr. Antonio Barrios, said the procedure was out of the question since the family requested it in the girl’s 23rd week of pregnancy. He said, “If there needed to be an abortion, it had to be before the 20th week.”


The minor gave birth to a baby girl weighing 7.8 pounds at the Reina Sofia maternity hospital, which is a health care facility operated by the Red Cross. In Paraguay, the young girl is known by the legal pseudonym “Mainumby.” The baby was delivered via Caesarean section as planned to prevent complications. The director of Reina Sofia said, “It was like any other Caesarean, but with the age difference. She’s well and progressing like in any other surgery, but we’ll see afterwards how she gets on as a mother.”

Earlier this year, topless feminists disrupted the Canadian March for Life.