No Abortions, No Exceptions in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, where abortion is illegal, Human Rights Watch collected stories to illustrate the impact of the country’s no-exceptions ban on abortion: A pregnant 11-year-old girl, raped by her stepfather, with no choice but referral to prenatal care. A 16-year-old known as “Esperancita,” denied treatment for leukemia because she was 7 weeks pregnant.
 
Criminal actions against abortion seekers and providers are relatively rare, the researchers reported, but fear of the law drives women and girls to desperate measures to end unwanted pregnancies. Around 25,000 women and girls are treated for miscarriage or abortion complications in the country each year, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

Human Rights Watch

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