Spain gov't approves new restrictive law on abortion
December 22, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
MADRID--Spain's conservative government on Friday approved tight restrictions on abortion, allowing the practice only in the case of rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus.
The previous government made abortion widely legal before the 14th week only three years ago.
Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said the change was necessary to provide greater protection for both women and the unborn.
The legislation must still be approved by parliament, but the Popular Party's large majority means it is almost certain to pass.
Women seeking abortions will need approval from two doctors who are not performing the procedure and doctors can decline to perform an abortion for reasons of conscience, Ruiz-Gallardon said. The likelihood of a child being born with disabilities will not be an acceptable justification for abortion.