Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Hundreds of anti-abortion protesters hold gathering in Madrid
Via the Associated Press:
MADRID, Spain: Hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators gathered in Madrid Saturday to protest against government plans to strengthen legislation protecting the confidentiality of women who consult abortion clinics.
People carrying Spanish flags and waving images of aborted fetuses filled the capital's central Sol square to listen to speakers and chant anti-government slogans.
Spain's Socialist government said earlier this month it would rush through legislation to enhance confidentiality for women who have had abortions and pledged to further improve abortion laws if re-elected next month.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government took the decision after police arrested at least 13 people in November raids on four clinics suspected of carrying out illegal abortions in Barcelona.
Later around 25 women were visited by police at their homes and called in for questioning by judges.