Overturn Abortion Ban So Cancer Patient Can Undergo Chemotherapy

Target: Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic

Goal: To ensure that a 16-year-old girl receives immediate access to an abortion so that she can battle leukemia

Esperanza is a 16-year-old girl who lives in the Dominican Republic, a fact that is not out of the ordinary. What makes her situation concerning is the fact that she is nine weeks pregnant and has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. In order to live, she must undergo chemotherapy immediately, but the treatment will severely affect the embryo she is carrying. Unfortunately for Esperanza, abortions, even under the most dire of circumstances, are illegal in her country.

In 2010, Dominican Republican President Leonel Fernandez outlawed abortion when he introduced a document he called “The Constitution of the 21st Century.” Article 37 of the constitution reads: “The right to life is inviolable from conception to natural death. The death penalty shall not be established, decreed or applied in any case.” In his haste to protect the “lives” of unborn embryos, however, President Fernandez overlooked the fact that there are bound to be circumstances in which abortions are medically necessary. Esperanza’s serious condition is one of those situations.

Esperanza, her mother, her doctors, and even the Dominican Republic health minister, Bautista Rojas Gomez, are agreed that the girl needs chemotherapy immediately. Sign the petition now to tell President Fernandez and all who oppose Esperanza’s abortion that a 16-year-old young woman has just as much a right to life as an unborn fetus, if not much, much more.


Dear President Fernandez,

I write in regard to Esperanza, the 16-year-old girl who is nine weeks pregnant but who has also been diagnosed with acute leukemia. This young woman must immediately undergo chemotherapy if she wishes to battle cancer, but in order to do so, she must first have an abortion. Unfortunately for her, your laws clearly state that she is not legally allowed to do so.

Mr. President, the life of a mother is just as, if not more, important than the “life” of a fertilized egg. Without proper nourishment from the mother, an embryo cannot develop and grow into a fetus that will become a baby when it is born. Not allowing Esperanza to have an abortion is not only endangering her life, it is endangering the unborn fetus. When a young woman is battling cancer, how do you expect her to deliver a live, healthy baby?

Please allow this young woman to have an abortion so that she can undergo chemotherapy. Furthermore, I urge you to at the very least modify your law that states no abortions can be obtained under any circumstances. Esperanza’s condition is living proof that abortions are very often medically necessary.


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