Spanish pro-life campaigners will see this decision as a step in the right direction
The conservative government in Spain has remained true to its word by rolling back legislation on abortion to restrict the procedure to cases of rape, serious foetal deformity, or if the pregnancy a grave mental or physical health risk to the mother or baby.
While the new draft legislation is yet to be approved by Parliament there is widespread consensus that Parliament will push through the changes without issue; given the ruling Popular Party’s majority control.
The new legislation is designed to penalise those performing any illegal abortions rather than the mother of the child. It also requires women of under 18 years of age to obtain the consent of their parents before they can have an abortion under the new rules. There is also further protection for the baby where it has genetic defects.
The decision by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party has been met with derision from feminist groups while pro-life campaigners are pleased to see the country’s abortion laws heading in the right direction after a liberalising of laws under the previous socialist regime.
We have stated before on Scots Catholic that there appears to be a shifting of attitudes on abortion across the globe. Especially when you consider the European Parliament’s recent rejection of abortion as a human right and the ‘One of Us’ pro-life campaign which collected over 1.8 million signatures and will soon seek to bring about significant change in abortion laws across Europe. Add this to the hundreds of abortion clinics that have closed across the United States in recent years and you have a true shifting of attitudes towards life.