“For more than two decades, legislators in the Dominican Republic have debated a new penal code. President Danilo Medina has urged legislators to decriminalize abortion in three circumstances: when the life of the woman or girl is in danger, when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, or when the fetus has serious complications incompatible with life outside of the womb. He twice vetoed penal code reforms that maintained the total abortion ban without exceptions. … Continued
On 15 July, hundreds (one report said thousands) of people from more than 100 social and political organisations participated in the “March for Life, Health and Dignity of Dominican Women”, which called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country on three grounds: when the life of the woman is at risk, in cases of rape or incest, and when the fetus is not viable. The march went from the Dominican Medical College to the … Continued
Opening avenues for discussion over decriminalizing abortion, the Dominican Republic Chamber of Deputies failed to pass the new Penal Code on 11 July that would have continued the country’s current prohibition of abortion under any circumstances. “This historic event marks a milestone for those who defend the right to autonomy,” Colectiva Mujer y Salud, a non-profit organization, said in a statement at the end of the Lower House vote. Hours before the vote, members … Continued
(Walk for the right to life of women) On 25 June, hundreds of women took to the streets of the capital of the Dominican Republic, demanding the country’s lawmakers approve a bill that would decriminalise abortion when the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life, is the result of rape, or when the fetus is unviable. The demonstrators walked through the historic town centre and gathered at Independence Park, where they read a communique demanding the right … Continued
A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged all Dominican Republic legislators to protect women and girls’ rights to sexual and reproductive health in the country by supporting President Danilo Medina’s position against regressive amendments of the Penal Code regarding abortion.
On 17 August a memorial event was held for Esperancita, who died of leukaemia after being refused treatment because it might affect the baby she was carrying, which died with her.
On 27 July 2016, four United Nations human rights experts urged the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, and legislators to protect women’s and girls’ rights to sexual and reproductive health in the country.