SANTO DOMINGO – About 20 percent of teenage Dominican girls have been pregnant sometime, according to figures revealed by Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez.
In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Dominican Public Health Ministry, the nation’s vice presidency launched a project Thursday aimed at reducing teen pregnancies in the Dominican Republic.
A country in which, according to Cedeño de Fernandez, one out of every five women who die in childbirth is a girl under age 20.
“All have seen a promising future escape them because they weren’t prepared to bring a baby into the world,” the Dominican vice president said.
For Cedeño de Fernandez, the nation’s future depends on Dominican youth and is threatened by the problem of teenage pregnancies and their consequences: “death in childbirth of mother and infant and the perpetuation of poverty.”
The project for preventing teenage pregnancies will be carried out through an improvement in healthcare services plus educational programs in the Dominican provinces with the highest incidence, as well as by distributing educational material and providing training for community leaders.
Abortion cannot be considered a solution for any reason in the Dominican Republic, since the country’s constitution bans the practice even when the mother’s life is in danger.