There is a strong opposition to the Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (Ley de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva y de la Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo) which has just entered into force in Spain. Since the PSOE government began the preparations,
Allowing minors to have abortions without parental consent is a particularly criticized part. True, in general, the new law requires for at least one parent to be informed about the decision and also accompany their daughter to the clinic. However, doctors have the right to make exceptions for girls who fear that there would otherwise be a serious conflict with the family. Those who oppose the law argue that this option can be misused and point to the fact that nearly all abortions in
On a more ideological level, the main opposition party, PP, believes that you can not talk about the right to abortions, because that is in conflict with the right to protection of life. The latter is granted by the Spanish Constitution and the party has therefore appealed to the
As of this writing, the
It should be highlighted that PP is not looking to ban abortions but considers that the previous law was flexible enough. The fact that abortions were formally illegal is not seen as an issue, since they could be carried out in such way that there was no penalty for the crime. On top of that, the party stresses that there used to be very little tension with the Catholic Church, in spite of 1.3 million abortions having been made since 1985. According to PP, this former consensus has now been broken by the Zapatero government.
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