Major victory for women in Dominican Republic as Penal Code fails to pass

  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

Caminata por el derecho a la vida de las mujeres, Dominican Republic

(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

UN rights experts urge legislators to back Dominican Republic’s stand on abortion

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.

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