A Dutch yacht crewed by pro-abortion activists has docked in the Spanish port of Valencia in a move designed to get round the country’s strict termination rules.
Three pregnant women are to board the boat which will then set sail for international waters where they will undergo abortions.
The feminist movement is behind the “symbolic initiative”. Spokeswoman for Women on Waves, Teresa Meana said: “US feminists have been fighting for 30 years for abortion not to be considered a crime. For it to be taken out of the penal code. For it to be the kind of health care that is right. Public health. It should be the woman’s decision.”
Spain’s abortion law decriminalises abortions but only under certain circumstances; if rape is involved, or if the feotus is severly malformed,
or if the mother’s health is at risk.
Pro-life campaigners were out in force to protest the boat’s arrival. Juan Rivera said: “We have come here to defend the rights of the unborn. I have come here to give a voice to those who don’t have one. We defend life from the moment of conception until death by natural causes. We see abortion as murder, with the backing of the law. And we think law reform would be one of the most sinister things that could happen to this country.”
Last month the socialist government said it planned to introduce a new law offering greater legal protection to women who wish to have an abortion and to the doctors who carry them out.