IN PICTURES: The Dominican Republic has one of Latin America's highest rates of maternal mortality, with 106 deaths for every 100,000 births.
Dominican women marched from Independence Square to request that abortion be legalized when a mother's life is at risk, when a fetus is deformed, or when a pregnancy is caused by rape.
In December 2015, the constitutional court decided to reinstate a total ban on abortion, meaning that any woman or doctor found carrying out an abortion can be sentenced to between two and 10 years in prison.
The Dominican Republic has one of the world's the highest mortality rates relating to pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, with 106 deaths per 100,000 births, while the regional average is 77.
Women marched through the historical colonial center up to Spain Square, where a concert had been organized.
Women also demanded the government address gender violence and gender inequality, such as the pay gap and sexual harassment in the work place-
According to the Ministry of Public Health, unsafe abortions cause 10 percent of maternal deaths.
Data from local women's rights organizations indicate there are nearly 35,000 abortions in the country each year.