Dominican President Leonel Fernandez officially ratified a constitutional reform bill that includes a provision that “the right to life is inviolable from conception until death.” This move, which reaffirms the country’s anti-abortion stance, was applauded by priests and pro-life supporters who gathered outside the legislature. Rev. Manuel Ruiz commented that it represented strong protection for the family and was a cause for celebration. He argued that pro-choice activists wanted to introduce a “culture of Abortion” in the country.

Sergia Galvan, a pro-choice spokesperson, told reporters that politics was the deciding factor in the debate. According to him, lawmakers did not want to risk offending the Catholic vote, which accounts for 95 percent of the population, so were afraid to decide objectively on the issue of Abortion.

Abortion is prohibited in all cases in the Dominican Republic, even in cases of rape or incest or when the health of the mother is in danger.

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