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Interview: Defying the Dominican Republic’s Abortion Law

So, all abortion is banned in the Dominican Republic? Yes. Even in instances where a woman or girl is pregnant from rape or incest, if her life is in danger, or if the fetus won’t survive outside the womb. But the ban, in effect since 1884, doesn’t stop abortions — it just forces women to have clandestine abortions. Women who have money and information can travel abroad or find safe clandestine providers. But if you’re from a rural area, you’re young or poor, or you don’t have information on abortion or people to help, you’re likely to turn to less safe methods. And women die from unsafe abortions.…

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