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Survey shows 74% Dominican women in favor of the right to abortion

A recent survey documents that abortion is more common among young people than legislators want to accept. President Danilo Medina recently vetoed the Penal Code approved by the National Congress for a second time for including articles that impose absolute restrictions on abortion in the Dominican Republic.

A recent survey of university students carried out by ProFamilia, the family planning organization, revealed that 74.5% of women polled favor that a woman with health problems that put her life at risk, be able to seek an end to the pregnancy. The same survey showed that 72.7% favor abortion in the case of congenital malformation.

Of the 2,436 female university students at three universities revealed that 12% of these admitted to having aborted, and 42.7% of these were induced. 67.1% said they knew of cases of induced abortion, and 69.4% said these were mostly caused with home preparations, while 50.7% said they used pharmaceuticals.

The study, “Situation of abortion in the Dominican Republic consulted 2,436 women at the UASD, UNPHU and INTEC in six regions – Greater Santo Domingo, East, Southwest, Cibao Central, Northwest, and Valdesia.

It was carried out by Germania Estevez and Francisco Caceres for Profamilia. Of the women surveyed, 86% were under 30years and 24% were under 20 years.

The study recommends that evidence based information be used to take national decisions regarding abortion, and regarding legislative initiatives that affect the sexual and reproductive rights of persons. It also recommends guaranteeing early sex education to prevent unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. The study recommends implementing norms, protocols and guidelines for timely abortions, and recommendations to prevent deaths of women due to clandestine abortions.

Source: DR1, Hoy

May 17, 2017

Category: DR News |

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