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Spain allows abortion on demand up to 14 weeks

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 09 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1401
  1. María de Lago
  1. 1Madrid

    Abortion on demand for some women will be legal for the first time in Spain from next July. The controversial law that allows women to have an abortion without restrictions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy was approved in the Senate last Wednesday by a majority of six votes.

    Representatives of the Spanish Socialist Party and feminist groups welcomed the law, which was promoted by the socialist government. They described it as a “historic step” in the fight for women’s rights.

    Spain’s president, José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero, said that from now on “it won’t be possible to send women to prison for …

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