Anti-abortion groups have gathered in cities across Spain to say ‘no’ to government plans to reform abortion laws.
In Madrid, thousands of people from pro-life groups swelled the streets to hammer their message home. At present, Spanish women need permission from a doctor before having a termination. But, under new plans, abortions could be carried out on demand at up to 14 weeks, and up to 22 weeks if a doctor detects complications. One protester said: “We have always been against abortion. We believe that life begins at the moment of conception.” Another added: “I think that if we don’t give importance to the killing of a child by its mother, how are we going to take seriously the killing of one person by another.” The Catholic Church is also against reform to the current law. Since 2004, Spain’s Socialist government has angered the Vatican by legalising gay marriage, allowing fast-track divorces and increasing transexual rights.