Abortion on Demand: It’s Not Just Spain’s Economy That is Failing
A new Spanish law allowing abortion without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy went into effect Monday.
The law allows 16- and 17-year-olds to have abortions without their parents’ permission, although the parents have to be informed. It also wipes away the threat of imprisonment for having an abortion and declares it a woman’s right.
The law, approved by Parliament in February, was the latest item on a liberal agenda undertaken by the Socialist government, which took power in 2004. The measure is seen as bringing this traditionally Roman Catholic country more in line with its secular neighbors in northern Europe.
Fewer than 1,000 people gathered in Madrid on Saturday to protest the new law.