Abortion issues mark start of hearings to choose five Constitutional Court judges

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The strong pro-life position of aspirant Cecilia Inmaculada Badía reportedly marked the beginning of the hearings to replace five retiring judges of the Constitutional Court, including the president of the court, Milton Ray Guevara. The aspirant seemed to imply in her responses that abortions can happen covertly, while not overtly. The aspiring judge defended the total ban on abortions, yet revealed that in the Dominican Republic no physician has yet been tried for committing an abortion. She called for the present status to continue.

There are 115 contenders for the position. On Monday, 16 candidates sat by questioning by the members of the National Council of the Magistracy. The CNM needs to select the judges that will begin their 12-year terms on 28 December 2023.

The members of the CNM are: President Luis Abinader, the president of the Senate, Ricardo de...

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