For anti-abortion activists, it has been an historic day for Spain.
They are delighted that the government wants to change the law back to what it was in 1985, making it much harder for women to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
New legislation proposed by the ruling conservative People’s Party would see abortions allowed only for victims of rape or where there is a risk to the mother-to-be’s physical or psychological health.
Pro-choice campaigners are outraged and they, too, made their feelings clear as the government bill was unveiled.
Mariqueta Vazquez was among a group of abortion rights demonstrators protesting outside government headquarters.
“Ideology? Let each one of us have her own,” she said. “It is not compulsory to have an abortion for people who don’t want to. There are always lots of reasons why women have an abortion. They don’t want to. No woman wants to!”
Opposition Socialists says they will fight the proposed new law which would roll back reforms the party made when it was in government. But the bill is expected to easily pass in parliament where the People’s Party has an absolute majority.
The law would make Spain among Europe’s most restrictive countries on abortion.
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