Dominican Republic: Chamber of Deputies puts lives and health of millions of women and girls at risk

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Responding to the results of today’s debate in the Chamber of Deputies on the decriminalization of abortion on three Criminal Code grounds, Erika Guevara Rosas, Director of Amnesty International for the Americas, said:

With this vote, the majority of the deputies of the Dominican Republic demonstrated that the life and the health of the women and the girls of the country are not part of their legislative priorities. We express our solidarity with the women and girls who continue to demand loud and clear that their lives and health be taken seriously by the authorities. The fight for their rights will not stop

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Director of the Americas at Amnesty International

“With this vote, the majority of the deputies of the Dominican Republic demonstrated that the life and the health of the women and the girls in the country are not part of their legislative priorities. We express our solidarity with the women and girls who continue to demand loud and clear that their lives and health be taken seriously by the authorities. The fight for their rights will not stop. ”

“There is ample scientific evidence showing that a total ban does not reduce abortion, but rather increases the risk that millions of women and girls in the Dominican Republic will die from illegal and unsafe abortions. We hope the Senate and the President Luis Abinader will exercise their leadership in the next phase and be able to settle this historic debt by approving the decriminalization of abortion on three grounds. “

Today, the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic voted against the decriminalization of abortion on three grounds in the Penal Code: when the pregnancy endangers the life of the pregnant woman or girl, when the fetus does not can survive outside the womb, and when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. Thus, the Dominican Republic remains one of the few countries in the region to criminalize any woman or girl who seeks to terminate a pregnancy.

In the Dominican Republic, the current total ban on abortion continues to kill women and girls for preventable reasons. One of these deaths is that of Rosaura Almonte, known in the media as “Esperancita”, who died in 2012 because she did not receive the chemotherapy that could have saved her life from leukemia. she was in pain because she was seven weeks pregnant at the time and the treatment she needed would have affected the fetus.

Comprehensive reform of the Penal Code in the Dominican Republic has been underway for several years. With this vote, the bill on the Penal Code is now debated in the Senate.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Carlos Mendoza: +52 55 4145 7003, carlos.mendoza@amnesty.org

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