The Ethical Issues Of Abortion In The Dominican Republic

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In the Dominican Republic, abortion is illegal. Article 37 of their constitution states that “the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death”. When a pregnant sixteen-year-old girl was admitted to the hospital, diagnosed with acute leukemia, doctors were hesitant to administer the chemotherapy treatment needed to try to save her life. Chemotherapy usually has adverse effects on a fetus and can lead to termination of the pregnancy, and since no exemptions were made on the ban on abortion, doctors did not want to take the chance and treat her for fear of legal repercussions if the fetus were to die from complications of said treatment. After many appeals to the government and the medical staff by the girl’s mother,

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