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Dominican Republic: Thousands of vehicles take part in “Caravan for Life”

Over 2,400 vehicles participated in the Dominican Republic’s “March for Life” in protest to the proposed introduction of abortion into the country.

Last Saturday, the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, was brought to a halt due to the thousands of cars that descended upon the city in support of the nation’s pro-life laws. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, many opponents of abortion drove their vehicles in what has been called the “Caravana Celeste por la Vida”. ‘Celeste’ means light blue and is a symbol of the pro-life movement in the Dominican Republic.

Following the drive/march through the city, the vehicles and crowd concentrated around the National Congress to signal their opposition to proposed modifications to the Penal Code, which would permit abortion on the grounds of disability or if the mother’s health was in danger.

The Dominican Republic has some of the strongest pro-life laws in the world, offering full legal protection to unborn children under all circumstances. Under Article 37 of the Constitution of the Dominican Republic abortion is prohibited. The article states: “The right to life is inviolable from conception until death”.

The Caravan was organised by Damaris Patrocinio, the president of the Forum of Women in Defence of Life and the Family (Fomudevi).

Following the recent introduction of abortion into Argentina, certain politicians in the Dominican Republic are attempting to introduce abortion into their country too, despite the widespread popular opposition.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “That these protests went ahead despite COVID-19 restrictions is a testament not only to the commitment of pro-lifers in the Dominican Republic, but also to the strength of opposition to the proposed changes that would introduce abortion into the region”.

“Presumably those pushing for the introduction of abortion into the country are attempting to ‘ride the wave’ of recent change in abortion law that started with Argentina. Just as in Argentina, widespread protest and opposition show there is little appetite for introducing abortion into the country”.

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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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