Changes in Constitution of the Dominican Republic could lead to ban on abortions

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From Amnesty International: Legislators will essentially ban abortions out right and deny in many cases, life saving treatment to women and girls. The mortality rate during child birth has risen in the last 10 years, in part due to the lack of medical care available and the lack of support from government entities.

Proposed changes to the constitution of the Dominican Republic could lead to a ban on abortions, putting the lives of women and girls at risk and potentially increasing maternal deaths in the country, Amnesty International has warned.
 
Article 30 of the constitution would introduce the inviolability of life from "conception to death" under the proposal. It is widely acknowledged that this will lead to changes in the country's Penal Code that could lead to a total abortion ban.
 
The Congress of the Dominican Republic is to vote on the proposed changes on Thursday.
 
If the article is approved as proposed, it would severely limit the availability of safe abortions, even in cases when a woman is suffering from life-threatening complications or is in need of life-saving treatment incompatible with pregnancy – such as that for malaria, cancer or HIV/AIDS.

In July, Nicaragua banned abortions, which lead to the denial of life saving treatment for girls and women. It's no surprise that Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic lead the world in poverty and unemployment among women. Devastatingly oppressive legislation isn't helping anything, in fact it's making it worse.  Within Central America, the global economic crisis has a sort of domino effect, which creates an especially vulnerable woman worker even more so. While women are getting basic human rights denied, the Dominican Republic is receiving money and resources from Brazil to re-start their energy sector, jobs mostly held by men.

No woman should die on the table from childbirth. Our world is too medically advanced to allow this to happen. Religiously motivated, ideologically sound, but morally corrupt; laws that ban life saving help to women are doing more damage than good, and it unfairly affects women of the lowest class.

 

-Sophia

(Posted at Women Undefined)

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