Spanish Government proposes reform of abortion law: a step in the right direction, but insufficient

rajoy-pequec3b1aThe Spanish Government is now proposing a reform of the country’s abortion law. If the bill is adopted, girls under the age of 18 would be allowed to have an abortion only with the permission of their parents.

This law would be a step in the right direction, but completely insufficient to repair the damage done by the current law, which dates back to the era of the radical-left and anti-life Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

The Zapatero law was part of a large package to destroy the moral fabric of society through a cultural revolution based on irresponsible sexuality. It included the legal recognition of counter-natural same-sex “marriages”, the availability of abortion “on demand”, the early sexualisation of youth through compulsory “sexual education” programmes, etc.

Mr. Zapatero’s Government suffered a devastating electoral defeat in 2011. However, voters who had expected that the new Partido Popular government headed by Mariano Rajoy – who, as opposition leader, had opposed Zapatero’s radical social agenda – was going to bring back the country’s law to a status of normality were deeply disappointed when they discovered that Rajoy lacked the courage and determination to do so. Although – due at least in part to the strong mobilisation of pro-life movements in favour of his electoral campaign –  the Partido Popular has an absolute majority of seats in the currents Spanish Parliament, Rajoy decided to withdraw a bill that, if adopted, would have reasonably (though not completely) restricted the practice of abortion. The mayhew created by some noisy feminists appeared to be of greater importance than the promises made during the electoral campaign.

The bill now under discussion appears to be a move to reconcile pro-life voters in view of the elections that are going to take place later this year. In opinion polls the Partido Popular is currently lagging far behind the extreme-leftist movement “Podemos”. Mr. Zapatero’s PSOE has not been able to recover, even though the current government, due in part to austerity policies, but also to its broken promises in regard to the protection of unborn life, is in a deep popularity crisis.