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LIMA, Peru –After 90 years in which abortion was deemed largely illegal, Peru’s government issued regulations Sunday for the country’s 1924 abortion law that allows the practice up to 22 weeks of pregnancy to protect the mother’s life or health.

Health Minister Midori de Habich said the main goal of the regulations is to protect the life of the mother when she or the baby is in danger. She said while such abortions were technically permitted under the 1924 law, that was not the practice.

The regulations have met strong opposition from the Catholic Church and pro-life leaders.

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Archbishop Javier del Río Alba of Arequipa said “the guide for the practice of therapeutic abortion is unconstitutional and is an attack against women and the life of the unborn.”

Richar Condori, general secretary of the association Doctors for Life, said the regulations will have other consequences and will facilitate other kinds of abortion.

Doctors for Life, which has more than 50 members, said that they will deliver an official statement about the government’s decree. They also plan to present a different guidance that will present alternatives to abortion. According to Condori, this guidance is 30 percent completed.