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Spanish Congress takes the first step towards abortion on demand

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5601
  1. María de Lago
  1. 1Spain

    The Spanish Congress has given the first go ahead to a controversial law that will establish a period in which a woman will be able to have an abortion on demand.

    This initial approval came on the same day that the five day emergency contraceptive pill went on sale in Spanish pharmacies, and two months after the 72 hour emergency contraceptive pill came off prescription.

    The new abortion law was approved last Thursday by 184 deputies belonging to the governmental socialist party and some left wing and nationalistic parties, against 158 votes mainly from members of the conservative Popular Party, the main group in the opposition, and one abstention. …

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