Activism around Article 30 in the Dominican Republic Continues

  • August 11, 2009

Back in April, we wrote our first in a series of posts covering a development in reproductive rights law in the Dominican Republic that could effectively make any type of abortion unconstitutional and outlaw several forms…

May 6 Gran Marcha in Dominican Republic

  • May 7, 2009

Earlier this week we urged everyone to write to the Embassy for the Dominican Republic in their countries and speak out against the disturbing restrictions that Article 30 would put on reproductive health and access. Yesterday there were protests in the Dominican Republic: La Gran Marcha. Our colleagues at Colectiva Mujer y Salud…

Protect Reproductive Rights in the Dominican Republic

  • May 5, 2009

For the last several weeks, the national Congress of the Dominican Republic, acting as the Parliamentary Assembly for Constitutional Review, has been reviewing a controversial bill to amend the Constitution that was submitted by the executive branch. On April 21, 2009, Article 30, which amends the current Constitution by establishing the right to life “from conception to death,” was approved under pressure and threats from the Catholic hierarchy and right-wing extremists.

In light of the significant step backwards that the approval of Article 30 would represent for women’s human rights, approximately 100 civil society organizations in the Dominican Republic, as part of the Coordinadora Nacional de Resistencia al Retroceso Constitucional, have organized a broad program of mobilizations, including a national march on Congress on Wednesday, May 6, 2009. The above picture was taken at a protest in the Dominican Republic on April 22 - you can see a set of nineteen photos here.

In addition to voicing our rejection of Article 30, the main goal of this march is to demonstrate to members of Congress our concern as citizens about the conservative bias in and the shift to the right of the debate about the constitutional bill and to ask that during the second reading, when, according to the regulations governing the assembly, Article 30 must be discussed and is once again subject to approval, they modify its language or maintain the current language of the Constitution.

In light of this serious situation we request a show of solidarity on May 6 - please write to the Dominican Republic embassy in your country to express your concern about this reverse to the human rights of women that will occur if the language of Article 30 is approved as it is now written.

See a sample letter below the jump.

Dominican Republic Activists Protest Repro Rights Restrictions

  • April 29, 2009

Last week we blogged about the worrisome approval of Article 30 in the Dominican Republic, which seriously restricts reproductive freedoms in the country. Our colleagues at the Colectiva Mujer y Salud have been keeping us updated on…

Reproductive Rights in the Dominican Republic Under Siege

  • April 22, 2009

Yesterday we blogged about the need for people to voice their opinions and lend support to the reproductive rights movement in the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, we just got word from our colleagues at Ipas that yesterday the National Assembly voted by a huge majority, 167-32, to approve Article 30: This decision will…