MERIDA, Spain, January 13, 2011 ( – A socialist political party in the Spanish city of Merida has asked the government to prohibit a pro-life play for “stigmatizing” women who have abortions, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

“Vidiana: Abortion Clinic,” tells the story of seven pregnant women who plan to have abortions, but change their minds after an eighth pregnant woman convinces them to keep their children. It is scheduled to be shown in the city government’s Alcazaba Cultural Center.

The play’s director, Isidro Leyva, notes that it is “very descriptive, with difficult moments in which it is explained, for example, how abortions are done.”

Representatives of Merdia’s United Left want the government to remove the play from its municipal theater, claiming that it constitutes a “stigmatization of the women who find themselves obligated to carry out this kind of intervention (abortion), which results in the deterioration in the social image of women who submit to an absolutely legal procedure.”

They also complain that the hosting of the work by the city constitutes “the establishment of a series of moral judgments that do not at all correspond to public administration.”

However, the city’s leadership isn’t buying the arguments of the United Left.

Municipal government spokesman Fernando Molina told reporters in a press conference on Tuesday that “we have never, ever censored any type of work, whatever theater productions have been proposed in different administrations” and “whatever their content.”

The work, which is sponsored by Pro-Life Madrid, is scheduled to be shown in various theaters in the region of Extremadura and in other parts of Spain. Organizers also hope to show it in universities.


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