Dead Girl’s chemotherapy was delayed due to Doctor’s fear of prosecution under abortion law in Dominican Republic #womensrights

Dead Girl’s chemotherapy was

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delayed due to Doctor’s fear of prosecution under abortion law in Dominican Republic RRD: A 16 yr old girl is dead from leukemia.Her chemotherapy, which may or may not have saved her life, was delayed due to her Doctors’ fears that they would be criminally prosecuted under the Dominican Republic’s anti-abortion law A Co-sponsor of the bill has argued that the bill applies only to abortion & not to medical treatment. Save a life, or break abortion laws? http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/25/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion-teen/index.html?c=&page=0 ”Bautista Rojas Gomez, the Dominican minister of health, has publicly indicated he favors chemotherapy over protecting the pregnancy, but doctors are still reluctant to act for fear of prosecution. Pelegrin Castillo, one of the architects of Article 37, says the constitutional ban does not prevent doctors from administering the treatment. It does, however, prevent them from practicing an abortion in order to treat the patient with chemotherapy. “It’s an artificial debate,” Castillo said. “What we have clearly said is that in this case doctors are authorized by the constitution to treat the patient. They don’t have to worry about anything. They have the mandate of protecting both lives.” Groups rail the Dominican Catholic Church for abortion ban – DominicanToday.com http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2009/4/23/31774/Groups-rail-the-Dominican-Catholic-Church-for-abortion-ban In that regard, the Dominican Gynecology and Obstetrics Society Wednesday warned that the number of maternal deaths will increase considerably, with the approval of the article that bans the interruption of pregnancies. The entity’s president, Aldrian Almonte, said the current figure of 160 deaths for each 100,000 live births per year will increase, because doctors would be reluctant to proceed from fear of being charged in cases where they must decide on the interruption of a pregnancy to preserve the mother’s life. “Those deaths are product of the unsafe abortions. I would like of the honorable legislators to tell me what are we going to do before the presence of a woman with severe preeclampsia or eclampsia, convulsing in any emergency room around the country, what must we do, see her die to protect ourselves from the repercussions that article 30 stipulates?,” he said.” Chemotherapy starts for pregnant teen http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/26/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion/index.html?c=&page=0 Teen at center of abortion debate dies http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/18/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion/index.html?c=&page=0 ”The teen died from complications of the disease, said Dr. Antonio Cabrera, the legal representative for the hospital. “They have killed me, I’m dead, dead. I’m nothing,” her mother said. ” She was the reason for my existence. I no longer live. Rosa has died. Let the world know that Rosa is dead.” The patient was 13 weeks pregnant. Her body rejected a blood transfusion and did not respond to the chemotherapy, and her condition worsened overnight, Cabrera said. She then suffered a miscarriage early Friday, followed by cardiac arrest, and doctors were unable to revive her”

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