Spain’s Government Pushes Pro-Life Parental Consent Law on Abortion

International   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Jan 15, 2015   |   11:51AM   |   Madrid, Spain

In 2010, Socialist leader of Spain, Rodriguez Zapatero, worked to pass a law that declared abortion as a “right” and allowed 16- and 17-year old minors to receive abortions without parental consent.

After the law passed, the Popular Party (PP), which usually sides with the Roman Catholic Church on social issues, responded and said, “We will change the current legislation model relating to abortion in order to reinforce the protection of the right to life as well as female minors.” But then in September 2014, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy went back on that promise to reverse legalized abortion and protect minors.

As LifeNews previously reported, the fspain6ailure of the pro-life legislation caused Spain’s Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, to resign from his position. When Mr. Gallardon was asked what he would do next he said, “I’m not leaving to take up any other political post. After being Mayor of Madrid, First Minister of Madrid and now Justice Minister, my political life is over.” The ProLife Alliance has welcomed the minister’s principled resignation but laments the failure to tighten abortion law in Spain.

Previously, the Justice Minister made pro-life statements and specifically commented on aborting disabled babies. He said “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. 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.”

Thankfully, however, it doesn’t look like the Popular Party or the pro-life community plans to drop their pursuit of protecting minors from abortion. Spanish News Today shares more:

Sr. Ruiz Gallardon’s successor, Rafael Catala, has confirmed this week in a radio interview that the government still intends to modify the current abortion laws, albeit to a far lesser degree than was contained in the draft laws which was abandoned in September 2014. Sr Catala affirmed on Tuesday that it is his intention to introduce a new law by which women aged under 18 would need the written consent of their parents in order to voluntarily interrupt pregnancy, and he believes that this modification can be introduced before the government’s term of office ends at the end of 2015. If he is right, then the PP will be able to keep a promise made in the run-up to the last election on the 20th November 2011.

This is a minor amendment to the current law compared to the previous draft, which would have made abortion all but illegal in Spain, and is likely to meet with less fervent opposition.