Spain’s restrictive abortion Bill survives secret vote


Spain’s Socialists failed on Tuesday to block an unpopular draft law restricting women’s access to abortions, which has sparked large protests across the country and caused rare rifts in the conservative People’s Party (PP) that sponsored the Bill.

In an unusual secret ballot, which gave its members a chance to go against the ruling party’s line without being exposed, the PP, with an absolute majority in parliament, was able to defeat a motion to block the law.

Thousands of people all over Spain have joined marches in recent weeks to show their opposition to the Bill, which will limit abortion to cases of rape or severe danger to the mother’s health.


The proposed law has not been dismissed outright. But from previous news articles, leaders in the ruling political party said they were interested in modifying the bill to make it less restrictive. Is the further dialogue, mentioned by one party member in the Irish Times article, meant to discuss amendments to the proposed law?


It is small win from no abortion but it is good


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