Spain's new abortion law advances after vote

Feb 12, 2014, 6:45 AM EST
A protester blows a whistle and holds a placard reading 'madre libre' which means 'mother by choice' during a pro-abortion protest on February 1, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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Spanish MPs narrowly voted on Tuesday to continue moving forward with legislation to drastically limit access to abortion in the country. In a secret ballot, initiated by the Socialist Parliamentary Group, MPs voted 183 to 151 against abandoning the proposed changes to the abortion law. Tabled in late December by the governing People's party, the legislation seeks to enact some of the toughest abortion legislation in Europe.

Background:

Spain abortion: Challenge to bill fails in parliament [BBC]

Spain's tough new abortion law advances after secret vote [The Guardian]

Spain's government pushes unpopular abortion ban [Newsweek]

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