Emergency contraception in Peru: Shifting government and donor policies and influences
2007 (English)In: Reproductive Health Matters, ISSN 0968-8080, Vol. 15, no 29, 139-148 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Inclusion of emergency contraception in national family planning programmes is consistent with international agreements that countries should strive to ensure access to a wide range of contraceptive methods and promote voluntary, informed choice. Yet in 2005, USAID/Peru requested that its NGO grantees in Peru take a “neutral” position on emergency contraception in activities or materials that involve its funds. For many decades, donor countries have viewed conservative religious forces in low-income countries as an obstacle to expanding family planning programmes. Today, however, far-right organisations in the United States are having an unprecedented influence on US public policy, including in countries such as Peru. This article analyses shifts in USAID/Peru's policy on emergency contraception in Peru since 1992. In Peru today, there is widespread official and public support for making emergency contraception available. Given USAID's long support for family planning internationally and in Peru, the current policy appears to be the result of attacks by US far-right organisations carried out in synergy with sympathetic US public officials and anti-choice Peruvian allies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2007. Vol. 15, no 29, 139-148 p.
emergency contraception, reproductive health policy and programmes, reproductive rights, Peru, United States
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14207DOI: 10.1016/S0968-8080(07)29296-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-14207DiVA: diva2:153878