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Criminalized abortions push Dominican Republic into ‘legal incongruence’

Santo Domingo.- UN System resident coordinator in the Dominican Republic, Lorenzo Jimenez de Luis on Monday said with the decision to criminalize abortion without exceptions the authorities have fallen into “legal incongruence.”

The UN representative criticized Dominican lawmakers for accepting treaties for women’s rights and then adopt a code which in his view criminalizes abortion without exceptions.

Jimenez formed part of a press conference at Santo Domingo State University (UASD), with organizations and personalities from the social, academic and health sectors, which issued a document requesting that senators approve abortion in the three basic conditions proposed by women.

“The termination of pregnancy will not be punishable when practiced by a specialized medical personnel, in a center or establishment of private or public health, in cases endangering the life of the mother, when she has been the victim of rape or incest or when embryo or fetus malformations are incompatible with life,” reads the paragraph which the organizations propose to include in the Penal Code.

The UN official, quoted by outlet, said if Congress disagrees with their proposal, the next step will be an appeal before the Constitutional Court or international organizations with which the Dominican Republic signed agreements. “We will not rest until our voice is heard.”

The speakers stressed Article 38 of the Constitution: “The State is based on respect for the dignity of the person and organized for real and effective protection of their fundamentally inherent rights. The dignity of the human being is sacred inviolable and innate; their respect and protection is an essential responsibility of public authorities.”

Source: DT

Sep 9, 2016

Category: DR News |

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