Thousands of people demonstrated against abortion on Sunday March 12 in the center of Madrid, a few weeks after the vote by the Spanish Parliament on a law expanding access to voluntary termination of pregnancy, a practice decriminalized in Spain a few years ago. is almost 40 years old.
Holding green balloons with the slogan "
Yes to life
" and banners on which was written, for example, "
A human, from 0 to 100 years old
", the protesters - numbering 23,000 according to local authorities - walked through several streets of the Spanish capital.
This annual event took place at the call of the platform “
Sí a la vida
Yes to life
We have come to support a good cause
," Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, spokesman for the far-right Vox party in the Congress of Deputies, told reporters, accusing the left-wing government of Pedro Sánchez of promoting "
laws of death
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On February 16, Spanish deputies passed a law strengthening access to abortion in public hospitals, which perform less than 15% of abortions in Spain, a country with a Catholic tradition, in particular due to conscientious objection. mass of doctors.
Because of this situation and also the absence of a specialized clinic nearby, women sometimes have to travel hundreds of kilometers for an abortion.
This law also allows minors to abort without their parents' authorization from the age of 16, canceling an obligation established by a Conservative government in 2015, while introducing "menstrual leave" for women suffering from
. painful, an unprecedented measure in Europe.
Abortion was decriminalized in Spain in 1985, then legalized in 2010.