Standard Unconstitutional is a Clear Public Health Problem

Tochtli Garcia, Public Affairs Associate

Last week, the Medical College of Peru and our Member Association INPPARES held a press conference to launch a petition questioning the constitutionality of a law that jeopardizes the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth.

To protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents, the groups are challenging Peruvian law 28704, which criminalizes all sex between adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18, and prohibits medical personnel from providing information or services to adolescents unless they are accompanied by their parents.

This meeting was chaired by Dr. Ciro Maguiña, Dean of the Medical College of Peru, and Dr. Daniel Aspilcueta, Executive Director of INPPARES CEO who said "We are confident that the intention [of the law] was to protect teens,” said INPPARES Executive Director Dr. Daniel Aspilcueta, “but it is time to recognize that the consequences of this rule have been counterproductive. As an example, teenage pregnancy has increased since that year to date. "

Stay tuned to the Bikini for further updates on this case.


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