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Dominican Republic Bans Abortion, No Exceptions

As support for legal access to abortion in the US drops (with only 47 percent of Americans thinking it should be legal), the Dominican Republican has decided to go one better: they want to constitutionally ban the procedure altogether.

With support for the Catholic Church and the country's Catholic population, lawmakers recently ratified an amendment that makes it illegal for women to terminate pregnancy in all cases. Abortion is now constitutionally forbidden even if the mother or fetus's life is at risk. And there is no exception for incest or rape.

It is very taboo to discuss abortion in the Dominican Republic, but some bloggers are speaking out against the new amendment. One such blogger writes:


A string of hypocrisy, and those that think they voted for life, when a woman needs to abort because her life is in danger and they do not, THE WOMAN AND THE FETUS DIES. What ignorance! Death will now be 2 for 1 in the Dominican Republic.

Could you imagine something like this happening in the US?

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ali321 ali321 7 years
I don't get why I never get to vote in these polls where they decide only 47% are for it being legal. No one asked me.
PhoenixOnFire PhoenixOnFire 7 years
Wow, well everyone has they're own point of view on things . I think a more thoughtful way of this happening in the U.S. Would be a good idea .If Done by Goverment maybe not church child rapes and health issue would get more understanding . As far as grown women who make the chocie to have unprotected sex . I dont understand , are you to lazy to take a pill every morning or get a shot once a month ? They are the reason I belive it should happen . You may not want your child but there are alot of women out there who would love to be able to have childern and would treat that child like gold . If you dont want a baby there are ways to handle it before having sex . A Underage child ( setting aside the fact that it's the parents job to protect those children so they DONT end up in that state , and sometimes horrible things happen that are beyond our control ), Rape , STD's the baby might get , and a unheathy mother are diffrant from people who just really dont care until they are carrying a child . I think that it would force people to be more careful and smarter about they're sex lifes . There are so many tools out there to prevent having a child .
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
I have to echo poster #14...I think this articulates well: "Most Latino immigrants come to North America with a different experience of the church. They are less likely to have been catechized, and they lack the parish experience of a middle-class American Catholic. Many are baptized Catholics, but fewer are churchgoing ones. And while large numbers are Catholic in sensibility, they are not so in practice—even where their personal faith is deep, abiding and communally and culturally oriented." So it always strikes me as unfair or incorrect to bring Catholicism into it. Many Dominicans and other Latinos (immigrant or not) have a very different experience with Catholicism and other forms of Christianity. They don't even know or understand about Vatican 1 and 2.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
This is realy disappointing. I agree with spacekat and mamasita as well. I'm don't belong to any religion, but I know that christianity does preach acceptance and forgiveness, not the imposition of its morals on others. But most importantly, religion has no place in government.
janneth janneth 7 years
I thought the Catholic church would allow a procedure to save a mother's life (hysterectomy)
soapbox soapbox 7 years
This is so sad. If the US ever decide to do something like this, I would move.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
"oppressive and frankly sexist crapola that Christians perpetuate" hating.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
and so begins the hating on christianity. WHy is that okay.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
That's awful :(
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
spacekatgal, same... the way I can get through the day is knowing that God and Jesus stand for love, acceptance, etc. the people who make these rules in the name of Christianity are not representing what God or Jesus meant. its human to err. we'll all have to answer for the choices we make someday.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
As a Dominican myself, its makes me shameful that this passed. Especially the "no exceptions" part. Thats the worst of it. I fear for the future of the women who will be seeking the procedure and having to have it done on some person's kitchen table.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
i think this is just going to lead to back street illegal abortions and people leaving the country to have abortions. i don't think this will stop abortions at all. and forcing a woman to have a child that is a product of rape or incest is INHUMANE. what if it's a little girl, like the 9 year old child who was raped by her mother's boyfriend, and was threatned with excommunication by the catholic church for having an abortion? i think this school of thought is antiquated and ridiculous and i hope they overturn this law eventually. i'm tired of other people, usually men trying to force their decisions for whats appropriate on women's bodies. i don't think roe v. wade will ever be overturned but i do think the pro-life contingent is dedicated to making access to abortions as difficult as possible, which is despicable and patronizing.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
This makes me very angry. I hope this doesn't give the pro-life movement in the U.S. incentive or ideas.
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