The tiny European nation of Andorra is one of the last remaining countries in the continent that protects unborn babies from abortion.
Now, abortion activists, spurred by their recent victory in Ireland, hope to pressure Andorran lawmakers to abandon their pro-life laws as well. Andorra is located between France and Spain.
France 24 News reports the pro-abortion group Stop Violencies went so far as to claim the country’s pro-life laws are a “form of torture.”
This weekend, the group has a protest planned to urge legislators to legalize abortion on demand, according to the report.
“We should have the right to have an abortion in our hospitals, and not have to go to Barcelona with guilt and shame,” said Mendoza Cortes, an abortion activist with the group.
Here’s more from the report:
She decried the local system as “hypocritical”, with the authorities turning a blind eye to women heading abroad for the procedure.
It’s an option that’s only open to women who can pay between 600 and 1000 euros ($700-$1,160), usually handed to the Spanish doctor in an envelope.
Maria, who had an abortion at 18, said she was “lucky” her family were able to scrape the cash together, but she is well aware that for many women “this is far from the case”.
Today, aged 27, she recalls her shock at her Andorran gynaecologist forcing her to listen to her foetus’ heartbeat, trying to dissuade her from ending the pregnancy.
However, one of the country’s leaders already has said he will abdicate if the legislature votes to stop protecting babies in the womb.
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The report continues:
Although it is a parliamentary democracy, Andorra has two “co-princes” as head of state: French President Emmanuel Macron, and Joan-Enric Vives, a Catholic bishop staunchly opposed to abortion.
Vives has threatened to abdicate if abortion is legalised, noted Elisa Muxella, head of Andorra’s Human Rights Institute.
Doctors who abort unborn babies can be punished with up to three years in prison in Andorra, the report states.
The Vatican, Malta and San Marino also protect unborn babies from abortions. Poland allows abortions only in limited circumstances. Ireland voted to repeal its pro-life Eighth Amendment in May after intense pressure from international abortion activists.