DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Delegation to Universal Periodic Review commits to allowing abortion on three grounds

During the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Janet Camilo, Minister of Women, with the Dominican delegation, made a commitment to reform the law to allow abortion on three grounds. In 2014, president Danilo Medina vetoed reforms to the Dominican Penal Code, passed by the National Congress, because they criminalised all abortion. The Justice Committee of the Chamber of Deputies rejects allowing any abortions. For Medina, however, it is inhuman to … Continued

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Total Criminalisation of Abortion

“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

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – March against the criminalisation of abortion

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

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

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