Spain's socialist government is about to tighten up the country's abortion law. The ultimate goal would be to decriminalize abortion definitively, in other words, to make it a right.
After the approval of the law on euthanasia and after the green light from the Council of Ministers to the Trans law, which would allow a change of civil status from the age of 14, the coalition of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE ) and the Communists of Podemos now want a new turn of the screw on abortion.
As Equality Minister Irene Montero says, “Spain is ready to definitively decriminalize abortion,” which has claimed the lives of around 150,000 children torn from their mothers’ wombs since 1985.
The proposal has four stated objectives:
- end the three-day mandatory waiting period before proceeding with an abortion, currently provided for by law;
- increase the sentences against rescuers, up to imprisonment, in order to protect abortion rooms and deprive mothers of their right to information;
- remove parental consent for minors who want to have an abortion;
- limit conscientious objection by health workers, as most of them want to save lives, accusing abortion of not being medical.
As it is easy to see, the goal on the one hand is to make abortion look like an ordinary life procedure, routine care, which does not need much thought. On the other hand, to limit opposition to the law as much as possible, especially from doctors who may be deprived of a fundamental right: to refuse to kill an innocent child.
Montero argues that the conscientious objection of doctors should not be placed above the right of women to make a decision about their bodies: they should be able to obtain an abortion in “a public hospital, near their home, choosing the method, and with all the guarantees for their rights.”
Currently, many doctors refuse to perform this barbaric act, and point out that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save a woman's life. It definitely cannot fall under the category of medical care.