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Alabama bans abortion, no rape exceptions – no choice? – Dominica News Online

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Alabama’s Republican-controlled state senate has passed a near-total ban on abortion. Doctors can now face felony charges with jail time anywhere from 10 – 99 years in prison.

According to the Guardian, women would not face criminal charges under this bill.

The abortion ban is the strictest in the US, and allows an exception only when the woman’s health is at serious risk.

The measure contains no exception for rape and incest. The bill now moves to the desk of Alabama’s Republican governor, Kay Ivey, who is anti-abortion, and is expected to sign it.

While Civil Rights groups have vowed to fight the ban in court keeping abortion legal for now, backers of the ban are hoping to push the fight all the way to the Supreme Court where they hope to overturn the landmark Roe vs Wade decision that made abortion legal in 1973.

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BREAKING NEWS: State of Emergency declared in Dominica

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A state of emergency has been declared in Dominica.

A curfew is now in effect from 6pm to 6am on weekdays with a total lockdown on weekends until the 20th of April, 2020.

The Attorney General, Levi Peter, has just made the announcement on state-owned radio station DBS.

The full text of the order is posted below.

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BREAKING NEWS: State of Emergency declared in Dominica

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A state of emergency has been declared in Dominica.

A curfew is now in effect from 6pm to 6am on weekdays with a total lockdown on weekends.

The Attorney General, Levi Peter, has just made announcement on State – owned radio station DBS.

The full text of the order is posted below.

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Salybia Constituency MP joins with Kalinago Council to activate COVID-19 task force

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Cozier Frederick, Kalinago Chief

As you are aware, COVID-19 has infected several individuals in Dominica with a high probability of affecting many more. In direct response to this anomaly, the Parliamentary Representative for the Salybia Constituency has joined forces with the Kalinago Council and other stakeholders to operationalize a task force to plan and coordinate activities relating to COVID-19.

The Government of Dominica has taken steps to ensure border security and mitigating against in-country transmission. The social and economic impact of COVID-19 is of great concern to us especially as we anticipate shortages in food, medicine and other essential supplies.

We have gathered all the data as it regards persons with vulnerability to include the elderly, pregnant mothers, babies, physically-challenged and persons with chronic diseases who may be immobile due to quarantine measures. The intention is to provide services to them in their area of need.

In the eventuality of a countrywide lockdown, the Government of Dominica has made arrangement for the provision of food supply. Our local response to this is ensuring local logistic and transportation measures are in place to facilitate that component of mitigating against the impact COVID-19. Additionally, we will make available seedlings and cuttings and fertilizers for farmers/families to plant backyard garden. Also, animal feeds for livestock farmers. These measures will ensure that meat, fresh fruits and vegetables are available in the short run for our residents.

We will continue to ensure that provisions are made to mitigate against all eventuality arising from COVID-19 to include infections, fatalities, food shortages, shortages of essential supplies.

We encourage further, similar as the call from the Government has been to maintain and observe the protocols that have been outlined by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Initiatives.  These are Social Distancing and practising Proper Hygiene.

We understand that combating COVID-19 requires a collective effort and we are pleased to join forces with the Kalinago Council and local stakeholders to prepare for any eventuality.

Below are the names of people you can contact should you require any information.

 

 

 





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