EU PARLIAMENT: DEBATE ON SEXUAL HEALTH AND ABORTION LAW IN SPAIN (2)” “

In the course of the debate, other MEPs took the floor, mostly women, criticising Mr Rajoy’s government. MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez, on behalf of the S&D Group, said that "we cannot remain indifferent to the fact that the Spanish government wants to step back decades on abortion". "The current law in Spain – she added – does not oblige women to have an abortion but aims to protect their freedom to become mothers or not by terminating unwanted pregnancies". Many posters advocating the "right to safe abortion" were raised during the EP Plenary. MEP Sophie In’t Veld, from the Liberals and Democrats, expressed her support to "the Spanish women" and asked: "Does the Spanish government not have other urgent matters to attend to?". And she added: "Here we discuss the health of circus animals, why shouldn’t we address the health of women and their freedom of choice?". Green MEP Raul Romeva I Rueda said that "an ideological counter-reformation is going on in Spain". In short, many MEPs from the Groups of the Liberals, the Socialists, the Green and the United Left reiterated their opposition to the revision of the Spanish law while only a few MEPs from the EPP and the Conservatives intervened in the debate. Among them Alejo Vidal-Quadras (EPP) and Peter Van Dalen (ECR) both stressed the "need to protect life".

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