.- The Bishopsâ Conference of the Dominican Republic warned this week that pro-abortion NGOs associated with international organizations are pressuring to get abortion legalized in the Caribbean country.
In a message read by the Secretary General of the Conference, Bishop Benito Angeles, the bishops point out that the actions of these organizations must be confronted by âproclaiming our own rights as a country and as a free nation.â
Regarding the new Penal Code which Congress is set to debate, the bishops note it is âan evident threat against human life,â despite the claim by the drafters that they are simply attempting to âmodernizeâ the code based on a new consensus.
The bishops underscored that it is not âmodernâ to grant the right to kill a defenseless human being innocent âof the irresponsible human actions of particular persons who, in addition, are excused from all moral and legal responsibility.â
They also criticized the idea of a consensus for the legalization of abortion. âIt seems illogical that the intellectual capacities of âthe wiseâ turn against human life itself and intellectually justify the legalization of this crime,â the bishops said.
The statement emphasizes that women should be defended âagainst anything that violates their dignity, their person, their life and their rights,â but they warn that deciding whether another individual should live or die, especially when the person in question âis her own child,â is not legitimate.