Dominican Republic Gets Help From Pro-Life Advocates to Keep Abortion Ban

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 15, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Dominican Republic Gets Help From Pro-Life Advocates to Keep Abortion Ban

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 15
, 2009

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ( — The Dominican Republic, a Caribbean island nation, is getting help from three American pro-life groups in defending its abortion ban. The nation is facing an outpouring of resources from U.S.-based pro-abortion groups who are helping local abortion advocates topple the ban.

The abortion debate follows a move by President Leonel Antonio Fernández to introduce a new Constitution for the nation. The document includes an Amendment to protect all human life from conception.

In an ironic move, the Dominican Republic’s Legislative Committee assigned to oversee the new Constitution will meet on January 22, the day Americans mourn the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

The panel will meet to discuss this new Constitution and potentially approve it.

The pro-life advocates will help local pro-life groups lobby members of the panel to keep the pro-life Amendment in place and approve the Constitution with it. They will also undertake public education programs by distributing materials with a message of life.

The abortion advocates want to remove the pro-life Amendment from the document and allow for abortions in cases of rape or incest as a first step towards eventually legalizing abortions entirely.

Keith Mason, of Personhood USA, talked with about the efforts.

"As American citizens, we have seen the danger of legalizing abortion for just cases of rape," he said. "Decriminalizing any abortion is a slippery slope, and every child is precious and has a right to live, regardless of who his father is or what he has done."

"We have witnessed firsthand the grievous slaughter of innocent children in America, and we are committed to helping our friends in the Dominican Republic to avoid the same mistakes," he said.

The coalition will hold a press conference on January 22nd to raise awareness in the Dominican Republic of the 54 million abortions that have taken place in the United States.

The group includes members of Faithful Soldier School of Evangelism, Live Action Films, and Personhood USA.

They have already scheduled many appointments with the local media as well as educational outreaches and meetings with local pastors and officials.

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