Dominican Republic: Abortion Ban Endangers Health

Dominican Republic: Abortion Ban Endangers Health
Criminal Penalties Violate Rights

November 19, 2018

(Santo Domingo) – The Dominican Republic’s total ban on abortion threatens women's health and lives and violates their rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Abortion is illegal in the Dominican Republic in all circumstances, even when a pregnancy is life-threatening, unviable, or the result of rape.

The 78-page report, “‘It’s Your Decision, It’s Your Life’: The Total Criminalization of Abortion in the Dominican Republic,” documents that women and girls facing unwanted pregnancies have clandestine abortions, often at great risk to their health and lives. Many experience health complications from unsafe abortions, and some die. Some women and girls face abuse, neglect, or mistreatment by healthcare providers. The ban does not stop abortion but drives it underground and makes it less safe. As a starting place toward meeting the country’s human rights obligations, Congress should decriminalize abortion in three circumstances.


USA – Women Who Face Prosecution for Home Abortions Finally Have a Number to Call

Women Who Face Prosecution for Home Abortions Finally Have a Number to Call
“Folks need to know there are lawyers who respect their dignity and will back them up.”

Nina Liss-Schultz
October 30, 2018

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump told voters he believed that women who end their pregnancies should face “some form of punishment.” He soon walked back his remarks, but the statement, along with his promise (since fulfilled) to put anti-abortion justices on the Supreme Court, sent a message: Women should no longer assume that abortion will remain a legal option.

In some circles, at least, the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has raised concerns about a future America in which extra-clinical abortions are the new normal—and criminal.


New report on women’s health criticises Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws

New report on women’s health criticises Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws
European Commissioner for Human Rights focuses on laws in Republic and North

Dec 5, 2017
Seán Dunne

A new report published by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights has questioned Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.

The report, ‘Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe’, examines women’s health within the EU and looks at abortion services.

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El Salvador’s FMLN Backs Women’s Group Reforms on Abortion Ban

El Salvador's FMLN Backs Women's Group Reforms on Abortion Ban

Published 1 November 2017
by Roberto Hernández Montoya

The current Article 133 of the Penal Code punishes women with up to 40 years in prison for undergoing an abortion.

Women's groups have presented reforms to the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly to push for the decriminalization of abortion in four cases, which was backed by FMLN lawmakers.

"We come before the deputies because it is urgent to approve a reform to decriminalize abortion when the life of the woman is in danger, and for other reasons," Margarita Posada, from the board of the Alliance for Women’s Life and Health in the Americas, told AFP.

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