Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spanish Socialists fail to derail draft abortion restriction law

The Irish Times in its usual anti unborn life mode seem to take the view, in branding it unpopular, that the proposed restrictions to Spain’s abortion very liberal abortion law is some kind of calamity.
It was actually the introduction of abortion on demand by the former Zapatero government that was highly unpopular and at the time brought more than one million Spaniards out on the street to
--> demonstrate their opposition. BBC report at that time
There is no doubt that the proposed new law is sincere in wanting to protect unborn life but nevertheless is misguided. It will go some way towards protecting the unborn however it will still allow abortion in the case of rape, serious foetal deformity or in the event of a grave mental or physical health risk to the mother.

The Irish Times article can be found on this link and is reprinted below
Spain’s Socialists failed on Tuesday to block an unpopular draft law restricting women’s access to abortions, which has sparked large protests across the country and caused rare rifts in the conservative People’s Party (PP) that sponsored the Bill.
In an unusual secret ballot, which gave its members a chance to go against the ruling party’s line without being exposed, the PP, with an absolute majority in parliament, was able to defeat a motion to block the law.
Thousands of people all over Spain have joined marches in recent weeks to show their opposition to the Bill, which will limit abortion to cases of rape or severe danger to the mother’s health.

Restrictive regime
Several PP politicians have spoken out against the law, which will make Spain one of the most restrictive countries in Europe and overturns rules that allow abortions on demand in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. But the motion, put forward by the Socialists, was rejected by 183 votes, with 151 in favour and six abstentions.
“If this goes ahead, the number of abortions in Spain will [still] rise and many of them will be more dangerous abortions for women,” said Elena Valenciano, deputy leader of the Socialists, told parliament in a debate before the vote. “Inequality will grow. Spanish women will once again be divided into two groups: those that can travel to a neighbouring country and undergo a safe abortion and those that cannot.”
A PP member of parliament defended the party, saying it was in favour of further debate rather than simply dismissing the issue. “We are prepared to have a dialogue,” Marta Torrado de Castro said.
The Bill will be subject to more discussions in parliament before being written into law.
Prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet approved the draft bill last December in a move widely seen as a bid to soothe his party’s right wing, although the PP has lost ground to the Socialists in opinion polls since.
Polls show 80 per cent of Spaniards, including practising Catholics, support abortion on demand. – (Reuters)