Pro-Life Advocates to Meet Spain Prime Minister at White House, Urge No Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 9, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates to Meet Spain Prime Minister at White House, Urge No Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 9
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — American pro-life advocates are planning to meet Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero when he comes to the United States on Tuesday. The pro-life advocates are concerned about a move by the Spanish government to expand legalized abortions.

Zapatero will be in the U.S. to meet with pro-abortion President Barack Obama on Tuesday and a group of pro-life people led by Concerned Women for America will talk to him.

Last month, Zapatero’s cabinet approved a draft bill that would expand abortions and legalize them up to the fourteenth week of pregnancy. The measure has upset pro-life advocates, but the government made it worse by saying parental involvement won’t be allowed.

The proposal passed a cabinet meeting of the country’s ruling socialist party and now goes before the nation’s parliament.

CWA and other pro-life activists will gather at the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue at 10:00 a.m. on October 13 during Zapatero’s visit.

"Spain’s pro-lifers and doctors can be encouraged that Americans stand with them against Zapatero’s attempt to increase abortions. Pictures of Americans supporting life and opposing Zapatero during his White House visit will be sent to Spain to build momentum for Spain’s march for life," CWA President Wendy Wright told

Spanish pro-life groups will hold a march in Madrid on October 17 to protest Zapatero’s efforts to radicalize Spain’s abortion laws. Doctors in Spain who face being forced to perform abortions or thrown in jail will join the march.

The Spanish Family Forum is denouncing the proposal and calling for votes against it.

The group said the abortion expansion is "morally degrading" to the country and makes it "unfair and unsupportive." It also accused the government of "serving and protecting the interests of the clinics that have made abortion a business" to the detriment of the right to life "for the most defenseless human being, the unborn."

The forum also lamented "the absolute indifference of the government as women are forced to have abortions because of lack of support."

The president of the ETF, Benigno Blanco, said "We are among millions of Spanish who are not willing to get used to abortion, or to legitimize its practice, because at stake is the right to life which is the substrate of all human rights."

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