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Senators pass Penal Code banning all abortions

The Senate reaffirmed their vote against abortion in the Dominican Republic. The senators rejected a motion that would have allowed for abortions in cases of rape, incest or malformation of the embryo or when the life of the mother was in danger. The only exception left open for abortion is if all available scientific and technical means are exhausted to save the two lives.

The bill had been vetoed twice by President Danilo Medina. The strong position against abortion in any of its forms has been maintained by the Roman Catholic and evangelical churches in the Dominican Republic.

The Penal Code establishes jail terms of two to three years for the aborting woman, and any persons that may assist her. The penalties for medical professionals assisting an abortion range from four to ten years in jail.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

June 3, 2017

Category: DR News |

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