Spanish right vows abortion law change

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Spain's right-leaning opposition Popular Party will modify the country's abortion law if elected next month, according to its manifesto revealed on Sunday.

The PP are favourites to win the November 20 vote, succeeding the socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero which last year oversaw the liberalisation of the strongly Catholic country's legal stance on abortion.

"We will change the current legislation model relating to abortion in order to reinforce the protection of the right to life as well as female minors," states the electoral programme, whose key issues were published by Spanish media on Sunday.

"Motherhood must be protected and supported. We will defend a law protecting motherhood with measures helping pregnant women, in particular those in difficult situations," the text said.

The current law fully legalised abortion in Spain, which was previously available in cases of rape, deformity or where the pregnancy endangered a woman's health.

Abortion is permitted up to 14 weeks or 22 weeks in cases where the mother's health is at risk or the foetus shows serious deformities.

© 2011 AFP

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