April 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 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.
The massive turnout was in part the result of a call by the Archdiocese of Lima, headed by Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, for Catholics to participate in the Lima event, entitled “Protecting the Future.” That event was held on March 23.
According to the Spanish Catholic news agency ACI Prensa, approximately 100,000 people participated in the Lima event, which began at 9 am in Peruandad Avenue and lasted three hours, ending in Castilla Park. A figure of 50,000 was reported by the Peruvian newspaper Trome.
On April 6, a second march was held in the northern city of Piura, at the urging of Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren, which attracted thousands of participants. The Archbishop thanked the marcher for affirming the “sacred and inviolable character of each human life from conception until its natural death,” according to ACI Prensa.
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Peru, which prohibits abortion except in cases in which the mother's life or health is gravely threatened, has suffered years of pressure by international pro-abortion foundations to create a “protocol for therapeutic abortion.” This which would give physicians the license to kill the unborn if a woman presented any one of a large number of health problems.
The Bush and Obama administrations' USAID program has been one of the international agencies accused of promoting an pro-abortion agenda in Peru. In 2004, ten Peruvian congressmen made a public complaint to USAID that their personnel were promoting the legalization of abortion in the country, and in 2010 two Peruvian bishops issued denunciations of a massive condom distribution program being run by USAID in Peru.
Despite the ongoing campaign, Peruvians remains strongly pro-life and pro-family. According to a poll carried out in 2011, 76% of Peruvians oppose the legalization of abortion, 70% oppose civil unions for homosexuals, and 74% oppose homosexual “marriage.”