Thursday June 3, 2010

Spain’s People’s Party Sues Government to Stop New Pro-Abortion Law

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

MADRID, June 3, 2010 ( – The Spanish People’s Party (PP), one of the country’s two principle political parties, is suing the government to prevent the implementation of the new abortion law, passed by the ruling Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party, which legalizes abortion on demand during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and allows minors to obtain abortions without their parents’ permission.

“Free abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, up to three and a half months of gestation, seems to us to be contrary to the right to life, such as it has been interpreted by the Constitutional Tribunal since its beginning in 1985,” said the PP Coordinator of Justice and Public Liberties, Federico Trillo.

In past cases related to abortion, Spain’s Constitutional Tribunal has approved the constitutionality of abortion only in cases in which circumstances exist that are on a constitutional par with the unborn child’s right to life, according to the PP’s website, which include cases of rape, fetal deformity, and endangerment of the mother’s health.

The PP says that the law should be immediately suspended because “the application of the norms it contains would create evident irreparable damage, because human lives are involved whose elimination would be irremediable, if in the end the precepts that are foundational to abortion are declared unconstitutional.”

The suit will apparently touch on all of the major aspects of the law, including the fact that it replaces exceptional cases with a blanket depenalization of abortion, permits minors to override the authority of their parents, and mandates homosexualist sex education in the nation’s schols.

The government of the Spanish province of Navarra has also announced its own suit against the law, over more technical issues of national vs. provincial government power.

Over 100,000 abortions occur in Spain every year. Under the previous law, which permitted abortion under a list of particular circumstances, most abortions were justified using concerns about the mother’s psychological “health.”

Previous LifeSiteNews coverage:

‘Catholic’ King of Spain Signs Abortion Bill into Law

Abortion Now Number One Cause of Death in Spain


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