Socialist leader enters abortion fray

20th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

Socialist Party president Manuel Chaves suggested on Wednesday that abortion departments should be set up in public hospitals.

20 December 2007

MADRID - Socialist Party president and Andalusian regional premier Manuel Chaves suggested on Wednesday that abortion departments should be set up in public hospitals instead of forcing women to turn to private clinics.

His comments follow the discovery of private clinics in Barcelona and Madrid that were performing illegal late-term abortions. Chaves said that ensuring abortions are available on the public healthcare system would be a way to protect women and avoid irregularities. "We need to be self-critical about the public healthcare system's attitude to the voluntary termination of pregnancies," Chávez said.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero ruled out putting a new abortion law on the agenda for the general election next year, although he left the door open to changes in the future.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

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