The Spanish court has agreed to study the abortion law that is supposed to allow the procedure in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. On July 5, the law is expected to take effect but the Constitutional Court of Spain has given a 3 day extension to the members of the parliament, to present their arguments. The Conservatives are already challenging the legislation since its approval that took place, last February.
The abortion law was endorsed by the court in February, as the last piece of a liberal agenda that was undertaken by the Socialist government, which took power in 2004. Later on, as a tradition, the Roman Catholic Spain was brought in line with the secular neighbors of northern Europe.
This law extends an open invitation to the 16 and 17-year-olds to allow them the right for undergoing the abortion procedure without the consent of their parents or their respective guardians. Parents will only need to be informed and that’s about it.
The Popular Party, however, filed a law suit in June that challenged the law as unconstitutional. Outside certain limits, women could be sent to jail for opting for the abortion procedure and this process is being followed since 1985, when the original version of the abortion law was approved.
Although in practical terms, abortion is a widely available option because women have the right to assert mental distress as sole grounds for having an abortion, regardless of how late the pregnancy is. Over 100,000 abortions are recorded each year in Spain, but the new law will wipe away the threats of punishment or imprisonment, giving a green signal to all Spanish women.