LifeSiteNews.com July 25th reported the announcement by Spain’s justice minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, that upcoming legislation reform of the country’s laws governing abortions will eliminate fetal deformity as a basis for killing the unborn.
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The legislation, which would eliminate abortion-on-demand during the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy as established by the previous administration, would return to a “law of conditions,” under which abortion would not be penalized in certain specified cases, Ruiz-Gallardón told the Spanish publication La Razón.However, Spain would not renew the old law in its entirety, said the justice minister, “because experience shows us that some of these aspects must be revised.” Asked which ones, he responded: “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.”“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,” added Ruiz-Gallardón.The minister, who has been criticized for not acting to fulfill the People’s Party campaign promise to reform the abortion law, said that he anticipated introducing a bill on the matter by the end of the year.According to statistics published by La Razon, 90% of handicapped or deformed children in Spain are killed in their mothers’ wombs, a total of over 16,000 over the last five years.
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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.
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 the moment of conception onwards.