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SANTO DOMINGO.- Amnesty International (AI) warns that proposed changes to the constitution of the Dominican Republic could lead to a ban on abortions, “putting the lives of women and girls at risk and potentially increasing maternal deaths in the country.”

The statements by the international human rights group is expected to further stoke the uproar on punishment against abortion pitting the Dominican Catholic Church against pro-choice organizations, including major feminists groups, but whose target are the conservative and liberal lawmakers who’ll have the final say.

In a report on its Web site, AI said Article 30 of the constitution would introduce the inviolability of life from "conception to death" under the proposal.  It is widely acknowledged that this will lead to changes in the country's Penal Code that could lead to a total abortion ban.

"As it stands, the proposed change to the Constitution would have a devastating impact on women's and girls' access to effective reproductive health care in the Dominican Republic," said Susan Lee, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

The global organization said if in the session on Thursday the Dominican Congress approves the changes to the controversial Article as proposed, the same “would severely limit the availability of safe abortions, even in cases when a woman is suffering from life-threatening complications or is in need of life-saving treatment incompatible with pregnancy – such as that for malaria, cancer or HIV/AIDS.”

Amnesty International affirms that access to safe abortion for women or girls who have unwanted pregnancies as a result of rape or incest would become even more restricted.

“The Dominican Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists has pointed out the ‘catastrophic’ impact that Article 30 could have on maternal mortality. If adopted in its current formulation, Article 30 would compromise doctors' ability to provide timely and effective treatment for women and girls suffering complications during pregnancy,” the AI officer said.

Lee said when abortion is totally banned, “the rates of maternal mortality grow because doctors are unable or fearful of providing life-saving treatment that is contraindicated with pregnancy, even when it's the only way to save the patient."

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16 comment(s)
Written by: josean, 14 Sep 2009 12:49 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!
The whole world is watching to see if Lie-onel Fernandez caves into Cardinal Nicky and the local Taliban!
Written by: EnricoRizzo This user is banned, 14 Sep 2009 1:15 PM
From: Puerto Rico, Oso Blanco Rio Piedras
we really need these pendejos giving us a black eye like Rose Kennedy needed another black dress
Written by: antonio1, 14 Sep 2009 2:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Av Santa Rosa, La Romana
Who cares about an organization that is run by feminist, that hate male because the damage their genital can cause and that is extremely pro abortion.
Written by: BASTA, 14 Sep 2009 3:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Great, keep your hands off my body. My choice, my body. Bring on castration for males over the age of 25! Screw that Pufta and that head of witchcraft #1 And the Muslims asses.
Written by: josean, 14 Sep 2009 4:04 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!
Amnesty International was founded in London in July 1961 by English labour lawyer Peter Benenson. According to his own account, he was travelling in the London Underground on 19 November 1960, when he read of two Portuguese students who had been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for having drunk a toast to liberty.[a][5] In his famous newspaper article The Forgotten Prisoners, Benenson later described his reaction as follows: "Open your newspaper any day of the week and you will find a story from somewhere of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government [...] The newspaper reader feels a sickening sense of impotence. Yet if these feelings of disgust could be united into common action, something effective could be done."[6]

Benenson worked with friend Eric Baker.

Written by: josean, 14 Sep 2009 4:05 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!
Baker was a member of the Religious Society of Friends who had been involved in funding the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament as well as becoming head of Quaker Peace and Social Witness, and in his memoirs Benenson described him as "a partner in the launching of the project".[7] In consultation with other writers, academics and lawyers and, in particular, Alec Digges, they wrote via Louis Blom-Cooper to David Astor, editor of The Observer newspaper, who, on May 28, 1961, published Benenson’s article The Forgotten Prisoners. The article brought the reader’s attention to those "imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government"[6] or, put another way, to violations, by governments, of articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR).

Written by: josean, 14 Sep 2009 4:07 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!
The article described these violations occurring, on a global scale, in the context of restrictions to press freedom, to political oppositions, to timely public trial before impartial courts, and to asylum. It marked the launch of "Appeal for Amnesty, 1961", the aim of which was to mobilise public opinion, quickly and widely, in defence of these individuals, who Benenson named "Prisoners of Conscience". The "Appeal for Amnesty" was reprinted by a large number of international newspapers. In the same year Benenson had a book published, Persecution 1961, which detailed the cases of several prisoners of conscience investigated and compiled by Benenson and Baker.[8] In July 1961 the leadership had decided that the appeal would form the basis of a permanent organization, which on 30 September 1962 was officially named 'Amnesty International' (Between the 'Appeal for Amnesty, 1961' and September 1962 the organization had been known simply as 'Amnesty'.)[9]

Written by: josean, 14 Sep 2009 4:14 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!
Just posting a few facts antonio1 left out from his "eloquent, thoughtful and otherwise thorough" commentary!
Written by: EnricoRizzo This user is banned, 14 Sep 2009 7:12 PM
From: Puerto Rico, Oso Blanco Rio Piedras
Like I said we really need these pendejos giving us a black eye like Rose Kennedy needed another black dress
Written by: antonio1, 14 Sep 2009 8:28 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Av Santa Rosa, La Romana
What is the intellectually laziest argument you trying to make out of copying and pasting out of Wikipedia? FYI, amnesty international still believe the 9/11 is a Busch/ Cheney conspiracy, so stop wasting the reader time with lame comments///
Written by: JRRubirosa, 14 Sep 2009 10:02 PM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
Amnesty international is the same whore as the UN that serves specific interests in the world,
sometimes you have to use common sense and separate science, race, gender, country, etc.
They always looking for self promotion, dumbass garbage propaganda like a smoke mirror.
Written by: mrios, 14 Sep 2009 10:12 PM
From: United States
How about "Amnesty" for the unborn.

Where are the statistics / numbers of Life threatening deceases such as Cancer and Malaria that would put a woman's life in danger in the first place.....The only real Danger is to the Innocent unborn Child.

Ever notice the Animal world....there off springs are produced yearly...all Animals follow there instincts and do the Motherly thing like Love, Nourish, Protect and defend, Feed and care for their Young.

Why can't Humans do the same ? what ever happened to THINK BEFORE ONE ACTS.

Is it no wonder we Humans have more heart felt feelings towards Puppy dogs then our own kind.

What ever happened to Responsibility, Protection and Contraception the only cost would be a 12 pack box of Latex Condoms, using your Head is common sense and FREE.

HIV/AIDS / STD's / Pregnancy.......doesn't that all come from unprotected SEX, in the first place.

I could see the minus's racking up now.
Written by: Bleu_raven, 15 Sep 2009 5:53 PM
From: Dominican Republic
lets not forget that their is other reasons to have a abortion than the; " I got pregnant by accident"... Their is medical reasons and psychological reasons. I agree that abortion should not be a contraception methode, it does carry health risks and may cause psychogical trauma. But it sould be available for health reasons, rape and incest victimes. Generalizing as never solved problems. We should spend less time judging and more time helping change the situation.

BTW: Amnesty Internation like all NGOs are not perfect, but they have helped many people. Again, its so easy to judge

Written by: mrios, 15 Sep 2009 6:51 PM
From: United States

The other reasons are just an EXCUSE and to LEGALIZE MURDER.

The Medical Procedure and Psychological reasons don't happen until before and after the ABORTION.....

Many Woman use Abortion as a "Accidental / clean-up after the fact....Boyfriend, lover type", most while married".

Health risk is....The suction of the outer lining of the Uterus with 3-7 P.S.I Hoover or Kenmore Vacuum cleaner thus making "DA Woman Sterile"... good no repeat Abortions.

I don't Judge....I list the facts.....It's only Your Conscience bothering you....Proves you are Human.



I wonder what is there true MISSION STATEMENT ?


I can find a couple reasons to help stop Abortion, how about you ?

They judge them selves.....

Written by: JRRubirosa, 16 Sep 2009 8:03 AM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
Amnesty international is a international Whore like the UN that serves specific interest and biased goverment opinions, They have cero credibility !
Written by: mrios, 16 Sep 2009 12:33 PM
From: United States
Thank You ! Very well put........
My understanding from what I've read before on there past World Crusades is to Main Stream News on the Human rights issues. Also I'm just trying to understand their involvement in the DR Abortion issue.
I would still like to know there "MISSION STATEMENT".
Sounds to me like selective causes [Street Pimping those Suffering ].

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