Spanish Justice Minister Announces Abortion Reform


Salon Staff
January 25, 2012 4:18PM (UTC)

MADRID (AP) — Spain's new justice minister says he will reform the country's abortion law to make parental permission obligatory for 16- and 17-year-olds looking to end pregnancies.

The former Socialist government updated a 1985 law in 2010 to allow abortions without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and for 16- and 17-year-olds to have the operation without their parents' permission.

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Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon made the announcement Wednesday in Parliament but gave no details of other potential changes to the legislation or when the reform would be presented.

His right-leaning Popular Party opposed the Socialist reform and pledged in its election campaign last year to amend the bill if elected. The party won a landslide victory in elections Nov. 20.


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