Spain may have gone too far in liberalizing its abortion
laws, and the government is floating a proposal to halt abortions
of handicapped babies.
Spain's justice minister is proposing to reform current law that
allows unrestricted abortions through the 14th week of pregnancy.
Joseph Meaney of Human Life International (HLI) explains that
the country has apparently concluded it has gone too far on the
trying to reel back some of the extremism that the socialist
government previously had put into place," he reports. "And I think
it's very interesting that they're starting this actually by
talking about the rights of the handicapped and that it's unfair to
discriminate against children before birth just because they might
be Down syndrome or have another handicap."
Meaney suggests Spain's new thinking should serve is an
international lesson for a modern genetics movement that wants to
do prenatal testing to find and eliminate anyone who is not
"perfect" -- prompting parents to abort babies for problems that
can be corrected after birth, such as cleft palate.
According to one Spanish publication, 90 percent of handicapped
or deformed children in Spain are aborted -- a total of more than
16,000 over the last five years.
Pro-abortion forces have conducted big demonstrations in Madrid
and elsewhere, opposing implementation of new restrictions, but the
HLI spokesman says pro-life forces will continue to push for
"The pro-life movement in Spain has managed to put over a
million people on the streets twice," Meaney notes. "Nonetheless,
the liberals are very active and are very contrary to any move to
recognize the right to life, so it's clearly going to be a
struggle. But I think the pro-life side has a lot of momentum
there, and the government knows who really voted them in -- and it
certainly wasn't the leftist radicals."
The church in Spain is taking an active role in the pro-life