Target: Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic
Goal: Ensure continued access to abortion in the Dominican Republic.
Reforms to the criminal code passed by the Dominican Republic Congress would make abortion illegal except when the life of the pregnant person is threatened. This is a regression for the rights of women. Under these laws, women undergoing illegal abortions will receive sentences of up to three years in prison, with abortion providers receiving four to 10 year sentences. Passing this legislation will decrease the number of abortion providers, and make what is a safe medical procedure far more dangerous.
The current president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, vetoed previous attempts to ban abortion based on the argument that the constitution of the Dominican Republic guarantees access to abortion in cases of rape and incest, when the pregnancy threatens the life of woman and girl, or if the fetus is not viable. Sign our petition and ask that President Medina veto any attempts to roll back abortion rights in the Dominican Republic.
Dear President Medina,
I was saddened to hear that the Congress of the Dominican Republic has voted to limit the circumstances under which abortion is legal. Under this new law, abortion providers and those seeking abortions will receive years-long prison sentences. Given that the reforms will make abortion illegal in cases rape and incest, this will amount to punishing the victims, and survivors of abuse. Furthermore, punishing healthcare professionals will not significantly reduce the number of abortions, but will make those that occur far more dangerous.
As you know, in vetoing the 2014 proposed ban on abortion, you argued that the three exemptions to the ban on abortions were guaranteed by the constitution. I hope that this same argument will compel you to exercise your veto power over this law.
[Your Name Here]
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