Spain dropped a strict abortion law



The Spanish government decided to drop a strict abortion law. The Spanish Minister of Justice who pushed forward this move, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, submitted his resignation. Currently, the People’s Party is in power. One of its campaign pledges in 2011 promised more conservative voters to respect life by narrowing the scope for legal abortion, from the current allowance of abortion within 14 weeks of pregnancy, to limiting abortion if a woman is raped or if the pregnancy is considered to have severe health effects for the woman. Many Spanish viewed the change in law as going a step backwards, and took their sentiments to the streets until the government made this concession.