Spain: parliament defeats bill to block restrictions on abortion
February 14, 2014
The Spanish government has won a preliminary legislative skirmish in a bid to tighten restrictions on abortion.
By a vote of 183 to 151, the Spanish parliament defeated a call for withdrawal of legislation advanced by the government, which would make abortion illegal except in cases when the mother’s life or health was endangered. The legislation, which had won parliamentary backing in December, would reverse a liberal bill enacted by the previous Socialist government.
Socialist leaders in parliament had called for a secret vote on the call to block the legislation, believing that their effort would draw enough votes from lawmakers of the ruling People’s Party to block the bill. Their strategy failed, and the legislation will now move forward.