Dominican lawmakers move to decriminalize some abortions
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Dominican lawmakers move to decriminalize some abortions

Legislators in the Dominican Republic have tentatively approved a bill that would decriminalize abortions if the mother’s life is at risk.

Chamber of Deputies President Abel Martínez pledged Tuesday that lawmakers would soon submit a separate bill that would decriminalize abortions in cases of rape, incest or fetus malformations.

The announcement comes more than two weeks after President Danilo Medina urged legislators to decriminalize abortions if a woman’s life is at risk or in cases of rape, incest or fetus malformation.

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The Senate is expected to vote on the measure in upcoming weeks.

Legislators had approved a previous bill that would have allowed abortions in what it called only a “state of necessity” without providing details or further guidance.

Abortion in the Dominican Republic is currently illegal in all cases.

Associated Press