In response to recent efforts by international pro-abortion groups seeking to decriminalize abortion in the Dominican Republic, legislators permanently enshrined the right to life for pre-born humans by rewriting the Constitution of the Dominican Republic with the words “the right to life is inviolable from conception until death.”
The legislation, called Article 30, passed with a vote of 167 to 32 and served as a major victory to those working to protect all human life. However, it was opposed by doctors, social groups and women’s groups who said the wording of the new addition to the Constitution does not provide exceptions for pregnancies that result from incest or rape.
A pro-life coalition recently traveled to the Santo Domingo to raise awareness about abortion during the hearings of this bill. The organizations that made up the coalition included the Faithful Soldier School of Evangelism, Live Action San Jose and Personhood USA.
The group joined with local missionary Dr. Gene Antonio to distribute more than 50,000 pieces of literature about abortion from Human Life Alliance.
“A true respect for human life is protecting it from the beginning. The Dominican Republic is ahead of America in building a society where all human life is truly respected,” said Ignacio Reyes, director of Live Action San Jose.
The group made a major impact by showing a graphic video of an actual abortion procedure on dozens of national television programs which broadcast to millions of Dominicans.
“We are thrilled that the protection of human life from the moment of conception is now established into the constitution in spite of fierce international pressure to legalize abortion,” said Antonio, who is a pro-life missionary in the Dominican Republic.
He continued: “This overwhelming victory serves as an example to the other Latin countries fighting to protect life that we can win, and we must win because the lives of little people are at stake.”
“As we continue to fight for the personhood rights of the pre-born in America, we celebrate and applaud the protection of life in the Dominican Republic. The people on the small Caribbean island understand that all life is precious and should be protected! We pray that America catches on soon,” said Keith Mason of Personhood USA.
Personhood USA is a grassroots Christian organization founded to establish personhood efforts across America to create protection for every child by love and by law.