Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Jan 11, 2021 / 16:47 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Dominican bishops’ conference issued a statement Sunday rejecting a proposal to decriminalize abortion under certain conditions in a newly revised penal code being debated in the Dominican Congress.
“Life is the first civil right that is mentioned in our Constitution in its art. 37, which reads: ‘The right to life is inviolable from conception to death.’ Life is a right prior to all legislation. Without life there are no possibilities to enjoy any other right,” the bishops said in the Jan. 10 statement.
Despite the fact that the nation's constitution rejects the possibility of legalizing abortion, radical feminist activists have been trying to de facto legalize it via a "decriminalization" using the penal code.
“According to our own Constitution, the State cannot apply the death penalty even to the worst offenders, since it says: 'The death penalty may not be established, pronounced or applied, in any case.' So, how to accept that in our country abortion is consecrated, in the so-called three causes, in which innocent creatures are killed, the nasciturus (the unborn child)?” the bishops' document says.
In December 2020, the president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, told the left-leaning Spanish newspaper El País that “I disagree, as does the majority of the population, not only in the Dominican Republic but also in the world, with free abortion, but I do think that there must be grounds that allow the interruption of the pregnancy. That has been the official position of our party.”