More than one million at Madrid anti-abortion demo

18th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

More than one million people on Saturday took part in a demonstration in Madrid against the socialist government's plans to liberalise the abortion law, one of the organisers said.

Madrid - More than one million people on Saturday took part in a demonstration in Madrid against the socialist government's plans to liberalise the abortion law, one of the organisers said.

"There are more than one million people," Victor Gago, a spokesman for the anti-abortion organisation HazteOir (Make Yourself Heard), told AFP.

Minutes later, Gago said he put the number of people at 1.5 million. He said an official estimate would be released later in the evening.

The Madrid regional government meanwhile estimated the crowd at 1.2 million, the TeleMadrid television channel reported.

Another anti-abortion protest in the Spanish capital last March attracted 500,000 people, according to the organisers.

The proposed new abortion law, approved by the cabinet last month, would allow the procedure on demand for women of 16 and over up to the 14th week of pregnancy, and up to 22 weeks if there was a risk to the mother's health or if the foetus was deformed.

The existing law introduced in 1985, a decade after the death of right-wing dictator Francisco Franco, only allows abortion under more limited conditions.

AFP/Expatica

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