Spain: Government Puts Forward Measure to Place More Limits on Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 2, 2013   |   5:56PM   |   Madrid, Spain

The government of Spain is putting forward news laws that would put more limits on abortions in place. Moving the law in a pro-life direction is happening thanks to elections that brought the Popular Party to power.

From the Associated Press:

Spain’s Justice Minister says the conservative government will present by the end of October its proposed changes to the country’s abortion law, with the amendments expected to introduce new restrictions on pregnancy terminations.

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said Monday in an interview with Radio Nacional de Espana the alterations “will be in line with the Popular Party’s longstanding position” on abortion, though he did not elaborate.

The Popular Party has long sided with the Catholic Church on moral and social issues, and fought the previous Socialist government’s 2010 abortion law scrapping restrictions up to the 14th week of pregnancy.

Changing that law was one of the Popular Party’s main election promises in a 2011 ballot that brought it to power. Its parliamentary majority enables it to pass legislation despite other parties’ opposition.

Ruiz-Gallardón, over the summer said the nation would reform its laws on abortions to 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 Razn.

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.

Last year, pro-life campaigners collected more than 100,000 signatures to repeal an abortion law that has been exploited by the abortion industry there to do hundreds of thousands of abortions.