Thousands of Spaniards Protest Against Abortion in Madrid

Thousands of people took to the streets in the Spanish capital Madrid on Sunday to protest against abortion. The reason is the approval of a law in the Spanish parliament that broadens access to abortion.

 

Carrying green balloons with the slogan “Yes to life” and banners reading “A human being, from 0 to 100 years old,” the demonstrators – 23,000 according to local authorities – marched through several streets of the Spanish capital. The annual demonstration was called by the platform “Sí a la vida” (“Yes to life”).

On February 16, Spanish deputies passed a law to strengthen access to abortion in public hospitals, which perform less than 15 percent of abortions in Spain, a country with a Catholic tradition. As a result, women sometimes have to travel hundreds of miles for an abortion.

The law also allows minors aged 16 to have abortions without parental consent, reversing a 2015 Conservative government commitment and introducing “menstrual leave” for women with painful periods. This measure is unprecedented in Europe.

Abortion was legalized in Spain in 1985 and legalized in 2010.

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