Effective yesterday, July 5th, a woman in Spain can obtain an abortion for an unwanted birth without questions being asked, until the 14 week of pregnancy or the 22nd week of pregnancy if there is a medical necessity deemed. The new law does not address the issue of late-term abortions.
This is very controversial in Catholic dominant Spain and is an issue still being fought in the country’s Constitutional Tribunal. The law was voted on in the Spanish Cabinet and Parliament before being enacted. Prior to the legalization, abortions were allowed only in case of rape and only up to the 12th week of pregnancy and were allowed at any time if a women’s health was at risk.
Several restrictive and conservative laws have been liberalized under the Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero administration. Such liberal laws now include legalization of gay marriage, easing of divorce laws and increased rights for transsexuals.