Dominican President Danilo Medina is urging legislators to decriminalize abortions if a woman’s life is at risk or in cases of rape, incest or fetus malformation.
Medina expressed his opinions in a letter sent late Friday to the leader of the Chamber of Deputies as he explained his reasons for vetoing a measure that would double prison sentences in abortion cases.
He did not oppose the stiffer penalties, but said the measure should spell out conditions when abortions can be allowed. The bill would have allowed them in what it called only a “state of necessity.”
Abortion is illegal in all cases in the Dominican Republic. A constitutional amendment in 2009 strengthened that prohibition by declaring that life begins at conception.