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Santo Domingo. - Several citizens and health and human rights specialists called “a shame and a mistake” the approval in the first roll call of the controversial article 30 of the constitutional reform bill submitted by the Executive Branch, and rebuff the Catholic Church’s alleged influence on the assembly members’ decision.

United Nations Program for Human Development coordinator Miguel Ceara Hatton criticized the approved article and the Catholic Church, which in his view has become a motor for “social exclusion” in the country. “The Catholic Church influenced in everything. For following a dogma it has become a source and a motor for social exclusion in the Dominican Republic. The dogma is placed ahead of the needs of the population, health, housing and better living conditions.”

Ceara said the new Constitution excludes the women’s right to life and encourages  the incidence of clandestine abortions and maternal deaths in the country.

In that regard, the Dominican Gynecology and Obstetrics Society Wednesday warned that the number of maternal deaths will increase considerably, with the approval of the article that bans the interruption of pregnancies.

The entity’s president, Aldrian Almonte, said the current figure of 160 deaths for each 100,000 live births per year will increase, because doctors would be reluctant to proceed from fear of being charged in cases where they must decide on the interruption of a pregnancy to preserve the mother’s life.

“Those deaths are product of the unsafe abortions. I would like of the honorable legislators to tell me what are we going to do before the presence of a woman with severe preeclampsia or eclampsia, convulsing in any emergency room around the country, what must we do, see her die to protect ourselves from the repercussions that article 30 stipulates?,” he said.

Criticism against the Revisory Assembly

Despite the constant objections by feminist organizations, institutions and personalities who favor legalizing abortion in cases of incest, rape or when the pregnancy endangers a woman’s life, the Revisory Assembly Tuesday approved Executive Branch’s proposal 21, which states: “The right to the life is inviolable from conception until death.”

Moreover Association of Housewives Committees president Rosario Lopez said she regrets that the Assembly members approved the article without including the some exceptions to protect women and doctors. “It strongly draws our attention the urgency with which the Assembly members approved this article without Dominican society and especially the women, being given the opportunity to consider the opinion of a team of professionals, as we had suggested.”

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14 comment(s)
Written by: juanb, 23 Apr 2009 8:48 AM
From: Dominican Republic
What an outrage!! The only country in the world with an anti-abortion rule in their Constitution.

And maybe someone could explain to me, what was so important that we had to rewrite the Constitution?
Written by: VeronicaDR, 23 Apr 2009 9:41 AM
From: United States
Of course the priests don't care they are busy diddling little boys. Anyone with half a brain in their head would allow abortions for rape and incest victims for sure. Why don't we lock away the wives and daughters of these people with the criminals and mentally ill until they are all gangraped into pregnancy. Lets see how they feel about having mentally ill and criminals born into their families.

Yet another reason why the rest of the world laughs at us and we will always be 3rd world.

Justice was once again sold to the highest payer. Kind of obvious some money changed hands to make this pass. Not that it matters with typical enforcement of laws we have anyone with the money to have an abortion will surely be able to get one.

The poor will suffer again.

I hope I am alive to see the day when the population has finally had enough and takes to the streets to take our country back from these idiots.
Written by: Edward, 23 Apr 2009 11:32 AM
From: United States, Faux News: Unfair Imbalance
The Catholic Church in DR is no different than the fundamentalist Muslims who want Sharia Law in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Written by: ScandiViking, 23 Apr 2009 3:13 PM
From: Norway
Bailarin - mr.perfect himself - never done anything wrong - or if so since being mr. perfect and probably catolic always get perdon from his voodoo master -shameless - if anything those doctors should have used their car vac on your top. Shameless - obviously you have not been able through your belief to grant anyone else forgiveness - but then again that is only for your sort.
Written by: Bailarin This user is banned, 23 Apr 2009 3:45 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Perfect , no ..Forgiven, yes ........I am an x catholic though.......MY FRIEND , NOBODY needs Gods grace and forgiveness as much as this sinner..I HAVE DONE THINGS YOU PROBABLY ARE TOO AFRAID TO THINK ABOUT....The only difference between us is that im covered in the blood of Christ ( and I CAN WRITE AND SPELL BETTER ) LOL .. God IS THE ONE THAT YOU and these murderers need to ask forgiveness from , not Bailarin..or my sort.
Written by: Ricardolito, 23 Apr 2009 4:15 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
VeronicaDR ...just a little too strong and I think we will come out of the third world status in spite of this appalling catholic church here and in spite of the low level legislators.But you are correct as it is only the poor who will suffer as the middle classes defy the church and use condoms and can have private abortions here and abroad. And the fundamental catholics and the fundamental muslims are are a similar concern. I can only assume that the church put on some pressure such as the possible cancellation of the pope´s visit as well as the usual threats of excommunication.
i just hope that the law is not enforced.
I assume that soon the government will prohibit the sale of condoms and will have gay people branded just to appease the cardinal
Written by: letroudeballeGeneroso This user is banned, 23 Apr 2009 10:21 PM
From: Dominican Republic
This is phoney:

No abortions => more children left abandoned => prostitution + slave work + robberies + violence.

So the no abortion article feeds and catalyzes the violation of other articles condemning antisocial behavior.

The church is actually speeding up the destruction of the Dominican nationality and the well being of the Dominican society. The sooner the locals wake up to the destructive power of the religious mafia, we may be able to turn and re-equilibrate the balance between demand and supply in DR.
Written by: cheworks1959, 24 Apr 2009 10:36 AM
From: United States, New York City
'Religion is an insult to human dignity. Good people do good things and evil people do evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion." - Stephen Weinberg, Nobel Prize, Theoretical Physicist. Ah, yes. Good ole' Catholic Church, always willing to impede progress in the name of an ancient dogma. WATCH ZEITGEISTMOVIE.COM about the truth behind religion, money and power. DOG ON
Written by: cheworks1959, 24 Apr 2009 10:46 AM
From: United States, New York City
Bailarin, you sound nuts! Are you one of those "I-have-all-the-answers-about-god" dude. Blood of Christ? Are you serious, freak? You do know over the past 500 years or so, science has annihilated the myth of the existence of a deity. Did you miss that class? Have about Sunday school catechism about "the Lord is the only judge", freak? Do you also protect a plant seed once it has germinated? Sorry, I entiendes. I'll go slowly f-o-r y-o-u. The choice of whether to maintain a pregnancy (pro-life) or to terminate it (pro-abortion) are both fundamentally a pro-choice issue. So, the argument sh
Written by: cheworks1959, 24 Apr 2009 10:53 AM
From: United States, New York City
The only true argument is whether you are for or against a women's right to choose. Anything else is repression of choice. Plain and simple. Your religious views start and end with you. It's when some of us feel (priests, rabbis, ministers, pastors, reverends, imans, freaks, etc.) that we are more entitled to impose our "base-less" hypotheses on others. You wouldn't like if someone kept telling you Santa Claus is real?
Written by: Bailarin This user is banned, 24 Apr 2009 10:58 AM
From: Dominican Republic
tHE ARUMENT SH ??? ....iM WAITING for your undeveloped '' monkey brain '' to finish farting through its mouth ... Until then Mr. Spock , may i have the honor of pulling the handle on your time machine and sending you back 2000 years to the most accuratly documented event in world history to which there exists more proof of a RESSURECTED Jesus than the CROMAGNUM man that signed your birth certificate ,,,,,.Its great to be a JESUS FREAK COVERED IN HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD!!
Written by: Snowbird, 25 Apr 2009 3:17 PM
From: United States, Mass
Excuse me - but the catholics have blood on their corrupt hands, and ALOT of it. They cannot impose their view of morality or sin on any human being - since he who is whithout sin may cast stones. We all know this church is fundamentally corrupt and swimming in sin - paying billions off for the crimes of pedefile "priests" -- hoarding vast sums of wealth in the vatican while children starve (how anti-christion is that) - not to mention the Inquisition -- yes, those murdered souls will be avenged, now that is the law of our True Spirit God, and not their satanic god.
Get this evil church OUT of the DR!!
Written by: cheworks1959, 26 Apr 2009 11:45 AM
From: United States, New York City
Well said and thank you, Snowbird. But, the case-in-point is that Bailarin and others in the church are basing their views on a flawed premise-the stubborn insistence that their views are absolute and with some scientific merit. Unfortunately, this philosophy disregards critical and rational thinking and constantly looks to censor any disagreement. SEE!!!
Written by: riosm, 6 Jun 2010 6:27 PM
From: United States
If rape and incist are such a big problem in the DR that the world views the DR as a 3rd world Country why not enforce and ceate new laws to combat the sexual crime problem......

ahhh ! not to worry ABORTION after all will solve everything, we'll just stay a 3rd world Country using 3rd world solutions to the problem.
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