Thousands of Pro-Life Advocates in Spain Rally Against Law Expanding Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Thousands of Pro-Life Advocates in Spain Rally Against Law Expanding Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 8
, 2010

Madrid, Spain (LifeNews.com) — Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates rallied in Spain yesterday to protest changes to Spanish law that expands legalized abortions. The Spain Parliament last month approved the final version of a new law that expands abortions and provides no parental consent for teenagers wanting abortions.

Under the bill, abortions are allowed for any reason to 14 weeks, they are allowed up to 22 weeks if an abortion practitioner certifies a serious threat to the health of the mother, or says the unborn child is disabled.

Beyond 22 weeks, abortions are only allowed in serious cases of fetal disability and in cases where the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life.

Thousands of pro-life advocates with heart-shaped balloons marched for the second time in six months against the Socialist government in the nation’s parliament that approved abortion expansion. The previous march in October drew tens of thousands in one of the largest demonstrations in Europe in years.

Banner included some with the words “ZP (Zapatero) 007: Licence to kill” referring to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and “Spaniards in support of life”.

During the rally, Ignacio Arsuaga, president of HazteOir.org (Make Yourself Heard), read a letter of solidarity from World Congress of Families to the Spanish pro-life movement.

"We sadly note that even under the current law, in 2008, abortion was the number-one cause of death in Spain, with more than 120,000 abortions taking place in the country that year — more than double the number in 1996 (51,000)," the letter said. "All of this, while Spain faces the social and economic challenges of having one of the lowest birthrates in the world (as low as the birthrate in Greece)."

The new bill received automatic approval when a majority of senators rejected three proposals by conservative parties to veto it, and then rejected 88 amendments to water it down.

Abortion was officially allowed in 1985 but only for cases of rape or when a woman’s life or health is in danger.

Spanish abortion centers had been misusing the health exception to essentially allow any abortions, including late-term abortions, but the new law makes it so they no longer have to worry about running afoul of the law.

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