Spain Will End Abortions Targeting Disabled Babies

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 26, 2012   |   4:33PM   |   Washington, DC

Spain’s justice minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, says upcoming legislation reforming the nation’s laws on abortions will eliminate fetal deformity as a basis for killing the unborn. That will end abortions targeting disabled children.

The legislation would eliminate abortion-on-demand during the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy as established by the previous administration. it would return the nation’s abortion law to a “law of conditions,” Ruiz-Gallardón told the Spanish publication La Razón.

Yet Spain would not renew its abortion law entirely, with the minister telling the publication it’s “because experience shows us that some of these aspects must be revised.”

“I anticipate one. I do not understand why the unborn are unprotected, permitting them to be aborted, because of the fact that they have some kind of handicap or deformity,” he said. “It seems to me to be ethically inconceivable we have lived so long with this legislation, and I think that the same level of protection that is given to an unborn child without any type of handicap or deformity should be given to those that are verified as lacking some of the abilities that other unborn children have.”

The newspaper La Razon published statistics indicating 90% of disabled children in Spain are killed in abortions with more than 16,000 over the last five years.

Pat Buckley of the European Life network applauded the move.



“Spain’s pro-abortion laws which were expanded during the Zapatero era in government to include access to abortion for girls as young as 16 without any parental knowledge or veto and which also outlawed conscientious objection, must be reversed as soon as possible,” he said. “Whilst the current proposals are a step in the right direction it would be even better if Ruiz-Gallardón’ would go further and overturn not only the Zapatero legislation but would legislate to protect the fundamental right to life of the unborn, through all stages of pregnancy, from conception onwards.”