Dominican Republic President Vetoes Bill to Ban All Abortions and protect Unborn Children | LifeNews.com

The years-long battle to legalize abortion in the Dominican Republic continued this week when President Danilo Medina vetoed a measure to criminalize all abortions.Dominican Today reports Medina vetoed the new Penal Code on Monday after Congress approved it last week. The new code would have maintained the country’s current position prohibiting abortions in all circumstances, except when the mother’s life is at risk.President Medina said he vetoed the bill because he supports exceptions that would allow abortions in cases of rape and incest, fetal deformities or risks to the mother’s life.“These are extreme circumstances, unfortunately, but occurring in daily life, to which we, as legitimate representatives of the people, must respond in accordance with the Constitution and with our own values,” Medina said.Caribbean News Now reports the newly proposed criminal code would allow abortions in cases when the woman’s life is at risk and only after “all attempts have been made to save both the lives of the woman and the foetus.”In 2014, the country’s congress and President Medina approved amendments the criminal code to allow abortions in cases of rape, incest and fetal deformity as well as cases when a woman’s life is in danger, the report states. However, in 2015, the country’s high court blocked the amendments, ruling that they were unconstitutional, Reuters reported. The new code that Medina vetoed appears to have been legislators’ attempt to integrate the court ruling into its laws.

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