Spanish bishops say abortion should be a crime
Spanish bishops said Friday that abortion, which the socialist government plans to legalise, should be considered a crime.Madrid - Spanish bishops said Friday that abortion, which the socialist government plans to legalise, should be considered a crime.
Spanish Episcopal Conference secretary general Juan Antonio Martinez Camino told reporters that abortion was a "grave sin" and he did "not understand how the suppression of the life of an innocent human ... is not also a crime."
The government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has proposed that abortions be allowed on demand up to the 14th week of pregnancy and up to 22 weeks if there is a risk to the mother's health or if the foetus is deformed.
Women could also undergo the procedure after 22 weeks if the foetus had a serious or incurable illness.
The move has been opposed by Spain's powerful Catholic Church as well as the the rightwing opposition Popular Party.
It will reform a 1985 law that only allowed abortion in cases of rape, foetal malformation and when a pregnant woman's mental or physical health is deemed to be at risk if the pregnancy goes to term.
The last argument is used for the great majority of abortions carried out in Spain.
The ruling Socialist Party agreed on Thursday to drop the most controversial of the abortion reforms, one that would have allowed girls of 16 to end a pregnancy without parental consent.