Dominica: Pregnant teen dies after cancer treatment delayed by anti-abortion laws
The pregnant Dominican teenager who had to wait twenty days to start receiving chemotherapy for her acute leukemia because of her country’s draconian anti-abortion laws has died.
The anonymous teen was 16 years old and only nine weeks pregnant when the controversy began. Her plight gained attention over the last few weeks as doctors debated whether it was morally correct to start treating her cancer, given as Article 37 of the Dominican Constitution states that “the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death.” It took doctors and the Dominican government a full 20 days to decide that God and Country might care about the actually living mother’s life, too, not just the fetus inside of her, and allow the treatment. By then, it was too late.
This is just sick. Sick, sick, sick. The Catholic Church has claimed another martyr.