NRL News

Thousands of pro-lifers march in downtown Madrid

by | Mar 16, 2015

By Dave Andrusko


Reuters/Andrea Comas

Marching under the slogan “For life, woman and maternity,” thousands of pro-lifers gathered in downtown Madrid Saturday to remind the Spanish government that “Every Life Matters.” reported that participants “arrived from 50 towns all over Spain in more than 200 buses and some 500 volunteers.” The March was called by the Every Life Matters Platform, which consists of 40 pro-life associations and backed by 82 international organizations.

When the Popular Party was campaigning in 2011, there were assurances of significant pro-life legislation. A few weeks before the election the Popular Party published a manifesto in which it vowed to modify the abortion law liberalized in 2010 by the socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Abortion was made legal through the 14th week of pregnancy. But that limit is increased to 22 weeks when there is a risk to the mother’s health or in cases of “severe fetal abnormalities.”

As part of the party’s electoral program published by the Spanish media the  Popular Party said, “We will change the current legislation model relating to abortion in order to reinforce the protection of the right to life as well as female minors.” The text went on to say, “Motherhood must be protected and supported. We will defend a law protecting motherhood with measures helping pregnant women, in particular those in difficult situations.”

That has not come to pass.

What is scheduled for a vote at the end of March is a bill that would require minors 16 and 17 to have parental permission to have an abortion.

Over 108,000 cases of abortion were reported in 2013, according to the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.



Categories: Pro-Lifers