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Spanish abortion bill set to trigger huge protest in Madrid


Spanish abortion bill set to trigger huge protest in Madrid

Saturday is being billed as a day of protest in Madrid when thousands of pro-abortion supporters are due to demonstrate against the government.

They are angry at a proposed bill which will severely restrict women’s access to terminations in a country which until now has prided itself on its liberal abortion laws.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he is honouring an election pledge but with recent polls showing that up to 80 percent of Spaniards oppose the changes, he’s facing a rebellion within his own party.

Under the new law, Spanish women will only be able to have an abortion in cases of rape or when there is a serious mental or physical risk to the mother.

Several rallies have already been held in Spain but it has now become a European issue with solidarity protests being planned in London Paris Brussels and Rome.

In the face of such a backlash, Rajoy has said he might be open to modifying the bill which is due to be passed in the Spring.

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