Abortion-reform bill approved by Gov.

September 30, 2009 at 14:25 (News) (, , , , , , )

Well in the right step for a more liberal and free society, Spain’s government has approved a bill that will allow women as young as 16 to have an abortion without parental consent.

This will mean that women could have unrestricted abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy and up to the 22nd if the women’s life was at risk or if the foetus had serious deformities.

About bloody time I say. The decision should be made by the affected party. The only thing I think is odd, is that according to the information on the web, the age of consent in Spain is 13. So if a 15 year old gets pregnant, tough she’s going to be a mum, but if she’d kept her legs crossed for another year she could have an abortion?
Shouldn’t the age of consent and the minimum age to have an abortion be the same?

Of course the counter-argument is if at 16 you are still not classified as an adult, should you be allowed to make the decision without parental consent? You did not need it to have sex, so should you need it for an abortion?

As you can imagine, the catholic church and old school conservatives don’t exactly agree with this bill and are fiercely opposing it. I also love how celibate men think they should decide what is right and wrong for sexually active women. Ditto for the conservatives. Obviously this bill has not been created to spite all parents everywhere, but to help pregnant women. Should the pregnant women’s parents really have a say on whether she has a child or not?

The existing law only allows of abortion in special cases, including rape, serious malformation of the foetus and if the woman’s life is at risk.

According to the deputy premier the new law “is adapted to our social realities” because it offers safety to women in the exercise of a right and guarantees for health-care professionals who from now on will have more clearly established the conditions and timing for providing this service.” Pretty much what it boils down to. It’s the women’s right.

The new bill called “The Bill for Sexual and Reproductive Health and for the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy”, not very catchy, establishes that until the 14th week of pregnancy a woman may freely have an abortion, if at least three days before the procedure she receives information about her rights and about the help she can expect to receive as a mother if that should be her decision. An interesting idea, as maybe the women thinks she would not be able to financially support the child.

In either case, the decision must be accompanied by a report issued by two medical specialists apart from those who perform the abortion.

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