Spain is planning to introduce restrictions on abortion

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 30 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7695
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

The conservative government of the People’s Party is planning to change Spain’s current law on abortion, passed by the previous socialist government in 2010,1 to make it more restrictive.

The current law established the right to abortion on demand up to 14 weeks of gestation and, under certain circumstances, up to the 22nd week, similar to the law in many other European Union countries. Despite the liberalisation of the law in 2010 the number of abortions fell by 5% from 2011 to 2012 (from 118 359 to 112 390), show data from the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality.

The draft of the new law, which has …

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