Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 20 November 2014

Hundreds protest at abortion plans

A protester in Madrid with body body paint which reads: 'Judges and priests away from my body' (AP)
A protester in Madrid with body body paint which reads: 'Judges and priests away from my body' (AP)

Several hundred people have held a demonstration against a government proposal to make it harder for women to get abortions in Spain.

The protesters in Madrid included one young woman who wrote the slogan "Judges and priests away from my body" on her stomach.

Justice minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon has said he will ask parliament to change the law, including a new requirement for parental permission in cases where 16 and 17-year-olds want to end pregnancies.

In 2010, Spain's Socialist government changed the law to allow abortions without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and for 16 and 17-year-olds without parental permission.

Mr Gallardon's right-leaning Popular Party won a landslide victory in November and has promised to carry out its campaign pledge to tighten abortion laws.

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