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Spanish abortion reform faces opposition

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6995.1626a (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1626

Spain's minority socialist government will face strong opposition when it introduces its bill to reform the abortion law. The bill would change the clause in the bill that makes abortion illegal except in exceptional circumstances—defined as ethical, therapeutic, or genetic. Women will also have the right to an abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy provided that they wait for three days after receiving compulsory counselling.

The government's normal parliamentary allies have said that they will vote against the bill as a matter of principle. Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, the leader of the Unio Democratica, one of the Catalan nationalist parties that holds the balance of power and which has close …

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