CEG-INTEC welcomes presidential observation Criminal Code
President Danilo Medina favors decriminalizing abortion if the life of the mother is endangered, by rape or incest
SANTO DOMINGO.-The Center for Gender Studies of the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (CEG-INTEC) welcomed satisfaction the observation made by the president Danilo Medina al Penal Code, approved by the Senate of the Republic last 14 December 2016.
The coordinator of CEG-INTEC, Lourdes ContrerasHe said that the presidential observation is an act of coherence y respect human rights and the dignity of women In our country.
The three reasons why President Danilo Medina made the observation to the Criminal Code are: in case the pregnancy is the product of a sexual violation or incest, in case the fetus presents a condition incompatible with life and in the cases in which the mother's life is at risk.
Contreras recalled that the Dominican Republic is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, so penalizing abortion in all its circumstances is to violate the international commitments assumed by the country .
He also stated that "the legislative power you have to take into account your function of marking the rule of law y mark the guidelines whereby the Dominican society will make decisions regarding the situations that are set out in the Penal Code. " And that these decisions should never go against the guarantee of rights by the population and in particular of women, who are pregnant, those who give birth and who are responsible for making this decision on their own body.
He mentioned that the issue of the decriminalization of abortion is not a matter of religions, or of churches but rather that it is a topic of public health and that therefore the State must make policies that guarantee the rights of the entire population.
If President Medina's remarks are approved, the Dominican Republic would emerge from the shameful list of countries in the world that criminalize abortion in all circumstances, including: El Salvador, Malta, Nicaragua and the Vatican.