Make a gift today

Spain’s Pro-Choice Backlash

Spain's newly elected conservative government is trying to roll back the country's abortion laws, and Spaniards are not happy about it. Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón wants to reestablish parental permission laws for 16- and 17-year-olds and also make abortion illegal in cases of fetal deformities. Spaniards have protested en masses, the most visible sign of the proposed law's deep unpopularity, according to the Huffington Post:

A poll by Metroscopia commissioned and published by El Pais newspaper on Sunday said that Gallardon's proposal was unpopular, even among conservative voters.

It said 65 percent of Popular Party voters and 64 percent of practicing Roman Catholics disagreed with the proposal to make aborting fetuses with malformations illegal.

A total of 81 percent of those polled disagreed with Gallardon's proposal, the poll said.

The struggle in Spain is the latest proof that people across the globe oppose anti-choice restrictions that aim to strip women of equality and dignity.