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Manuel Ruiz accuses government of using abortion to change Constitution

The liaison between the Catholic Church and the Medina administration, Manuel Ruiz has resigned from his post. He accused Medina government officials of using the observations made to the Penal Code on decriminalizing abortion as a way of forcing a reform of the 2010 Constitution to introduce the possibility of presidential re-election.

In his letter of resignation, he said government officials have manipulated the abortion issue to make it appear that the Catholic and Evangelical Christian churches are against women. “All this is someone else’s fight, a standoff between Danilo Medina and Leonel Fernandez, trying to bring back their battle in their party’s Central Committee and the Political Committee. What is really at play is the re-election,” he writes.

The 2010 Constitution bans abortion of any kind in the Dominican Republic. Recently, President Danilo Medina observed the revision of the Penal Code that maintained the absolute ban on abortion. In order to approve the changes in the Penal Code, the Constitution rulings on abortion need to be modified first, which could open up the debate on other constitutional issues.

Source: DR1, Eldia

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