Spanish government moves to restrict abortion

Posted on | February 6, 2012 by Timothy Herrmann |

Spain's new Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón

Thanks to the recent election of the conservative Popular Party in Spain, the country’s liberal abortion laws, passed in 2010 and providing for abortion on demand in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, will be restricted.

Taken from Lifesite News:

On Tuesday, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told the press that the PP’s reform would be based on the Constitutional Tribunal’s 1985 decision affirming that women do not have “absolute primacy” over their unborn children, whose well-being was called “a good that is juridically protected”.

For Spanish speakers, here is an article that goes into even greater detail: El Gobierno vuelve a instaurar el “reproche penal” del aborto

Here is a rough summary of the article: the decision by the Spanish Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, to return to the 1985 law means that there is no longer an expressed “right to abortion” in Spain, particularly in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Instead, there is now the very serious possibility that abortions carried out during those 14 weeks will place those involved in danger of violating the law. Although it is still not clear what the penalty for “violating” the law will be, or exactly what a “violation” entails, one thing is for sure, abortion is no longer free of restrictions in Spain.

This is a big victory for organizations like who are at the forefront on the fight to eradicate abortion in Spain.



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