Thousands march in Spain in anti-abortion protests

26th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Madrid and other major Spanish cities Saturday to protest against laws that make abortion easier.

Organisers said that between 130,000 and 160,000 demonstrators turned out in the Spanish capital in the latest of a series of anti-abortion protests. A statement read during the protest called for the "abolition of the permissive abortion legislation and the withdrawal of all the provisions making easier euthanasia and the manipulation of human embryos."

Hundreds of others marched in Barcelona, Oviedo, Zaragoza and Las Palmas and were due to demonstrate in 80 other towns and cities.

Legislation that came into effect in 2010 eases restrictions on abortion, authorising it in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and 22 weeks if there is threat to the life or health of the mother.

There is no time limit if the foetus is suffering from a serious or incurable illness certified by a medical committee.

If the pregnant woman is 16 or 17 her parents have to be informed unless that would put her at risk.

© 2011 AFP

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