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Spain: the right presents a toned down version of its abortion law

Translated Thursday 26 February 2015, by AMM

Spain’s governing conservative party, the People’s Party (PP), yesterday presented a law making abortion illegal for minors without parental consent, a toned down version of a reform that has been much disputed by the opposition.

Spain’s governing conservative party yesterday (February 18, 2015) presented a law making abortion illegal for minors who do not have parental consent, a toned-down version of a reform that has been much disputed by the opposition. The most controversial aspects of the law, in particular a ban on abortion in almost all cases, including the case of fetal deformities, have been removed. “Our decision not to go any further is due to a lack of consensus”, the PP’s spokesperson in Parliament, Rafael Hernando, explained to the press. This draft is still to be voted on in Parliament, where the right has an absolute majority. In December 2013, the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy caused huge controversy by adopting a bill banning abortion, except in certain cases, and which excluded fetal deformities as a valid reason for an abortion.


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