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Spain set to roll back abortion law to what it was in 1985


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Spain set to roll back abortion law to what it was in 1985

A sensible approach to abortion or a step backwards 30 years?

Opinions are divided in Spain where the conservative government has unveiled a bill that will limit women’s right to terminate their pregnancies to what it was in 1985.

Abortions will only be allowed for victims of rape and in cases where there is a risk to the physical or psychological health of the mother-to-be.

The Socialist opposition is outraged at the moves which roll back reforms made when it was in government.

“One of the things we can try to do now is get parliament to reject this law,” said Socialist Deputy Secretary Elena Valenciano,urging the ruling People’s Party to give its female members the freedom to vote according to their conscience.

Pro-choice protesters won’t let the law pass without a fight.

But unless ruling party MPs do rebel, it looks sure to be adopted, given Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s absolute majority.

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