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  1. EKSwitaj
    EKSwitaj April 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm |

    At least Lady Macbeth could see the blood: these groups have convinced themselves that they’re saving lives.

  2. Jimena
    Jimena April 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm |

    I’m from the Dominican Republic and trust me, you have no idea how big of a circus the banning of abortion/art.30/women’s life over anything else issues has been. We just reversed about 100 years, give or take.

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    Quick, Awful Hit « Women’s Glib April 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm |

    […] 25, 2009 · No Comments The Dominican Republic has outlawed abortion. As Cara reminds us, women will die because of these “pro-life” […]

  4. Natalia
    Natalia April 25, 2009 at 8:14 pm |

    Dear God. What can be done to save these women’s lives? Would it be possible for them to go to neighbouring countries for abortions? Could there be a fund for those who can’t afford it? I hope something can be done in the face of this idiotic and callous decision.

  5. estraven
    estraven April 25, 2009 at 11:45 pm |

    Just to make everybody even less happy, let me remind you that not only women who want or need abortions are at a risk by such a law. Under such a law, doctors are often very reluctant to provide adequate care after a spontaneous pregnancy loss.
    Sometimes the expression “pro-life” seems really a crazy joke.

  6. denelian
    denelian April 26, 2009 at 1:22 am |

    what the fuck is wrong with people! i *STILL* don’t understand why so many people are against abortion, the entire thing is counter-intuitive!

    i hope this doesn’t last…

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  8. Sandy
    Sandy April 26, 2009 at 11:34 am |

    Well, I may not be able to do anything about their political situation, but I am now boycotting any and all products from the Dominican Republic. I can’t let my dollars go to such a horrible regime.

  9. Kelsey
    Kelsey April 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm |

    Not to burst everyone’s bubble, but wouldn’t “life of the mother” cases fall under self-defense?
    Also, several countries have criminalized abortion and seen no increase in maternal death. See the statistics on Poland in the final paragraph of this article- (biased source, but I’m just interested in the pure numbers).

  10. nails
    nails April 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |

    wow. they must not care about the health of women and children there at all. It doesn’t take a genius to go and look up what happens when abortion gets banned.

  11. maria
    maria April 27, 2009 at 3:16 am |

    The state law has nothing to do with the moral law. Free-will exists outside the rules. I don’t think pro-life groups want for women to die, and just think at the baby (I hope I’m not too idealist). Still, every woman should have the right to chose how to manage her body.

  12. Callisto
    Callisto April 27, 2009 at 7:33 am |

    Kelsey Yes they have. Polish women travel for abortions when they need them. 10,000 came to the UK in 2008 In Nicaragua women are dying in large numbers but the deaths are not being recorded as being due to “not getting adequate care”. The deaths are being recorded as something else. So yes it is a death sentence for many and condemns women in a very poor place to having more children than their health or bank balance can care for. There will be vastly more children born and there will be civil unrest. And I will think that those who made this law bloody well deserve the civil unrest. They cant provide for their people when they ask for help it will be talk to the hand as far as I’m concerned. 1 in 80 pregnancies are ectopic and without “abortion surgery” deadly. Nicaragua vastly under reports the results of its woman killing law.

  13. chava
    chava April 27, 2009 at 10:42 am |

    I hear so many women in the U.S. these days tell me there is no need to worry about our abortion rights because “the government would never take them away.”

    I think we can take this as a reminder that they, in fact, can.

    Does anyone know if the Dominican Republic permits capital punishment?

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  15. Lauren
    Lauren April 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm |

    So, about these mothers convulsing with preeclampsia. I wonder if the doctors would go ahead and deliver the baby prematurely and try to keep it alive. It would depend if they have access to care for premature babies and if not, then they might not take the baby because they could be charged with performing an abortion. Terrible. However, if there is access to neonatal intensive care, then mothers can be saved by treating the “interruption” as a premature birth. That’s very different from an abortion in which the procedure of ending the pregnancy is done in such a way as to end the life of the fetus.

  16. Ori
    Ori April 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm |

    When will these so-called ‘pro-lifers” start valuing a mother’s life and well-being as much as a fetus? This abortion ban is an insult to women, especially rape victims and women carrying dangerous pregnancies. I grieve for Dominican women.

  17. maria
    maria April 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm |

    Cara, I’m very dissapointed with these pro-life groups, if what you said is true. In Romania there was the famous “decret 770″ (a comunist directive that banned the abortion). sad.

  18. Gordon
    Gordon April 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm |

    I can do no better than quote from a poem (which, full disclosure, I wrote myself) inspired by reading Dr. Susan Wicklund’s memoir This Common Secret:

    “Idolaters of blind, unfeeling cells,
    You count for nothing those already born,
    Their hopes, fears, agonies, their very selves,
    For nothing all the morgue-slab failures of
    Your fevered dogma dreams.”

  19. Jenn
    Jenn April 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm |

    What a coincidence. I was just researching language schools to attend in the DR this summer. After reading this, I will definately go somewhere else. I want to tell the DR government the reason for my decision not to visit. Do you have an email where I can send my statement?

  20. Roving Thundercloud
    Roving Thundercloud April 28, 2009 at 10:34 am |

    Disgusting, as it will also deprive existing families of their mothers, and take women from their loving partners. Every pregnancy, even the joyfully anticipated one, becomes a fearful risk.

  21. JGab
    JGab April 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm |

    I dont know much about either this situation, or this kind of law, so I have to ask. Would this ban apply to things like ectopic pregnancies, or say a case where the fetus has in fact died but the body has not properly miscarried? How far do their definitions of “abortion” go… does this end up being a ban on the actual procedures that cause abortion whether or not there is a viable embryo or fetus involved?

  22. hellogoodbye
    hellogoodbye May 11, 2009 at 1:11 am |

    “Again, the amendment also does not include exceptions for rape/incest, or life of the mother. Just as the influential Catholic Church would want it. ”

    The Catholic Church actually supports abortions to save the life of the mother (they’re OK with abortions for ectopic pregnancies, and induced labor for pre/eclampsia). As far as induced labor for preeclampsia and eclampsia goes, you have to balance the life of the mother and fetus equally.

    To answer JGab’s question, it absolutely would not ban an “abortion” if the fetus had already died! I don’t even think that’s even called an abortion. No one is opposed to that.

    I think the framers of this law really dropped the ball when they didn’t make an exception for ectopic pregnancies, and failed to state that the doctors could induce labor in an emergency. I really wonder if there’s anything that can be done to try to make them amend it to allow for this without completely getting rid of this part of their Constitution. If someone could post a link with any information on this, I’d really appreciate it.

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