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Spaniards Reject Plan to Restrict Abortion

A new poll published in the Spanish daily newspaper El País shows that Spain’s ruling conservative party is losing popularity in part because of its recent effort to restrict abortion.

According to Reuters, the draft law—which would allow abortion only in cases of rape or if the pregnancy posed a serious physical or mental health risk to the woman—has prompted dissent within the People’s Party itself and across the country.

About 80 percent of Spaniards reject the plan, dubbed the "Gallardon law" after its architect, Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, the Metroscopia poll showed, and 86 percent believe women should have the right to choose.

Current abortion law in Spain allows for abortion up to 14-weeks of pregnancy. The proposed law would make the country one of the most restrictive in Europe.