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New Dominican Constitution

Saturday, October 24, 2009

MR Zine reports:

The government of President Leonel Fernández, with the support of the powerful Catholic Church and the far right (known as the Nazionalistas), will soon adopt a new constitution that will set the country back decades. The new constitution is part of a ruling class attack on working people in a desperate attempt to preserve the status quo in the midst of the biggest world economic crisis since the Great Depression. Thus, the government seeks to legitimize racism, sexism and homophobia by banning abortion under any circumstance including rape, incest and if the health of the mother is at risk; stripping the children of undocumented Haitian immigrants of their Dominican citizenship; and finally, defining the institution of marriage as “the union between a man and a woman”, excluding same-sex relationships in the process.

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