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Spain government takes tough stand on abortion

By Tarun Khanna | Last Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 13:58

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

Madrid: The Spanish government has given its consent to the tough abortion law that would not allow Spanish women to freely choose an abortion during the early stages of pregnancy.

As per the law, a pregnant woman in Spain will require the approval of two doctors before going for an abortion. Abortions will be allowed only in specific cases like that of rape or if there is risk to the physical or mental health of the mother, but not in cases where there is a threat of foetal malformation that is not life-threatening to the baby.

Moreover, girls aged between 16-17 years of age will have to seek permission from their parents or tutor to proceed with an abortion. This has tightened the current law which allows abortions without any restriction until the 14th week of pregnancy and up to 22 weeks of the foetus is shown to be seriously deformed.

Pro-choice campaigners, opposition and women rights activists have strongly protested against the new law. They say that the new law will take women`s rights in Spain back 30 years to the mid-1980.

First Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 09:32

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