Saturday, February 21, 2009
Spain May Legalize Early Abortions
Telegraph.co.uk: Spain prepares to fully legalise abortion, by Fiona Govan:
Spain is preparing to fully legalise abortion for the first time to allow women to have terminations on demand in the early stages of pregnancy.
The move has put the Socialist government on a collision course with the Catholic Church which has argued the need "to restrict and not expand abortion" in Spain.
A parliamentary committee presented recommendations to Congress this week that included legalising early stage abortions, while gradually imposing more restrictions as pregnancies progress.
The proposals will form the basis of a draft bill to be presented to Parliament later this year that will tackle one of the traditionally Roman Catholic nation's final taboos and bring the abortion law in line with most other European countries.