Return Of ‘Global Gag Rule’ Could Be Setback For Health Care, Abortion Rights In Dominican Republic

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Return Of 'Global Gag Rule' Could Be Setback For Health Care, Abortion Rights In Dominican Republic
By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Monday, April 10, 2017

SANTO DOMINGO — While politicians in Arizona debate the possibility of more regulations on abortions, in the Dominican Republic, in contrast, the debate centers on its legalization. But recent pro-life policies in the United States could reverse course for Dominican health services.

Near the boisterous Washington Avenue in Santo Domingo, a battling women’s rights organization is in hiding.

La Colectiva Mujer y Salud looks like any other house — for a reason. It had to remove its name from the facade after receiving threats from those who oppose its cause.

La Colectiva, as some people call it, has been on the front line of a struggle to decriminalize abortion. The Dominican Republic is currently one of the six countries in the world where a woman can go to jail for getting an abortion — and so can whoever helps, including doctors.

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