.- Amidst a debate on the eventual legalization of abortion, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Timothy Broglio called on the countryâs leaders and citizens to protect all human life.
âMy call as a man, a priest and a representative of the Holy Father is that human life be respected and that everything be done to respect that reality, and that the current law not be changed,â Archbishop Broglio said. âTo kill a baby before he is born is also a criminal act,â he said.
Jose Antonio Retamar, director of the international office of Fundacion Vida, said the âattempts to legalize abortion in the Dominican Republic are a test of how much corruption there is in the countryâs political life. If human feticide is allowed, then there is serious corruption among our legislators,â he added.
Retamar noted that in the Dominican Republic, which has a population of nine million, estimates are that 80,000 abortions take place per year, whereas in Spain, which has a population of 45 million and where in practice abortion on-demand is allowed, 100,000 abortions take place each year. âThis shows that the statistics on abortion are exaggerated when it is convenient to do so,â he pointed out.
Pelegrin Castillo of the National Progressive Force political party insisted that the countryâs leaders âstrengthen policies and programs that defend the family,â and he called on Dominicans to protect the family as âthe main producer of human and social capital.â