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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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Dear reader,

Thanks to the support of people like you, on Monday 5 July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Police , Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this major defeat is not the end for our opposition.

The abortion lobby has already been successful at using the Coronavirus crisis to temporarily introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy has not only accompanied a large increase in the number of lives ended by abortion but has also been linked to a number of serious incidents where women’s lives have been put at risk while performing their abortion at home.

Our opposition is now eager to see more widespread changes to legislation enacted and we are currently facing major threats on three fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  2. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  3. The assisted suicide lobby has brought foward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch these extreme anti-life changes become a reality.

As you can see, while we have won our most recent battle, we continue to be facing a very large challenge on life issues in the UK over the next couple of months – and we will be facing this across multiple fronts.

We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will go towards saving the lives of the unborn and many others.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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