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An abortion ban in the Dominican Republic is blocking chemotherapy treatment for a pregnant teenager with leukemia. The 16-year-old girl, who's nine weeks pregnant, needs aggressive chemotherapy to fight acute leukemia. But the treatment would likely end the pregnancy, so it's being withheld.
The girl's mom is pleading with doctors to treat her child.
"My daughter's life is first. I know abortion is a sin and that it goes against the law, but my daughter's health is first,"
Rose Hernandez told CNN. Doctors and administrators at the Semma Hospital in Santo Domingo, where the girl is a patient, are believed to be considering starting treatment, but may fear being prosecuted under the strict abortion ban, say observers.
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.
So, please explain to me (Mamma) and everyone else - how is allowing this lovely girl to die not murder?
"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."
Originally posted by BayesLike
reply to post by silo13
How is choosing death for the baby not intentional murder?