Amnesty International says Penal Code violates women’s rights reg. abortion
In a press release issued yesterday, Wednesday, 19 November 2014, Amnesty International warns that if President Danilo Medina passes the changes to the Penal Code approved in Congress yesterday he will be violating the rights of women and girls. The code maintains stiff penalties for abortion.
The prominent international human rights organization states that in June 2013 the Chamber of Deputies approved a reform proposal to the Penal Code that introduced an exception to the ban on abortion of any kind. “This allowed for the possibility of removing penalties for an abortion when the woman’s life was in danger due to the pregnancy,” it said.
Nevertheless, they said that after pressure from the Catholic Church this Senate eliminated this provision and yesterday the Chamber of Deputies approved the Senate version. The approved version penalizes anyone who induces an abortion and anyone who cooperates with the interruption of a pregnancy with two to three years in prison. Medical personnel as well as pharmacists who assist with abortions are also liable for prison terms of between 4 and 10 years, as reported in El Nuevo Diario.
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