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Spanish government introduces pro-life measures

Catholic World News - December 23, 2013

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government has introduced several pro-life measures, according to wire service reports.

Since 2010, abortion on demand has been permitted during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, with abortion allowed up to the 22nd week for fetal abnormalities.

Under the new legislation, abortion will be permitted only in the case of “rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus,” the Associated Press reported. In addition, abortion on account of fetal abnormalities will no longer be permitted, and girls under 18 will need consent from their parents to obtain an abortion.

The Associated Press reported that the measures have been already approved; Reuters reported that approval is expected in the Spanish parliament.

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