Dominican Republic Citizens Stage Massive Demonstration Opposing Abortion at National Congress

Thousands of pro-life protesters took to the streets and descended upon the National Congress of the Dominican Republic 25Oct to announce their emphatic opposition to efforts to decriminalize abortion in the island nation. Local media reported that due to the number of protesters traffic was halted on several streets and thoroughfares. One group peacefully entered the National Congress, where they delivered a message stating that “the decriminalization of abortion is not a sign of progress, development, or modernity, but rather a retreat for humanity and a prostitution of moral values.” [26Oct07, MC Hoffman, Santo Domingo,...

Uruguayan Senate to Vote Again on Decriminalization of Abortion

The Uruguayan Senate is preparing to vote again on decriminalization of abortion in the country. The legislation would allow abortion for virtually any reason during the first three months of pregnancy. Although the new vote was originally scheduled for today, it has now been delayed to make time for more hearings, which its proponents hope will break the current deadlock over the issue. The most recent vote, on October 17, resulted in a 15-15 tie, which was much closer than votes in earlier years. According to the Uruguayan newspaper El Espectador, the bill’s proponents plan to hold a new vote, section by section, on the legislation, which will then be sent to the Chamber of Deputies (the lower legislative house). If the legislation decriminalizing abortion is not approved in the Senate vote, it can then be re-attached by the Chamber during its vote, which will then be returned to the Senate. The sections of the legislation that have already been approved include mandatory “sex education” down to the elementary school level, which will indoctrinate students with the idea that homosexual sexual behavior and abortion are “rights”. Those sections were approved unanimously. The abortion provisions are generally supported by the ruling “Broad Front” alliance of socialist parties, although two members switched their positions on October 17th, preventing passage. Uruguay’s president, also a Broad Front socialist, is an obstetrician and is opposed to the measures as well. He has repeatedly promised to veto them if they are approved by the Congress, although a referendum could still be held to override the veto. Uruguay is one of the most liberal nations in...