Spain: Abortion Law Decried as It Goes Into Effect

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MADRID, Spain, JULY 5, 2010 (Zenit.org).- As Spain's liberalized abortion law went into effect today, the nation's bishops reiterated that the measure is "incompatible with an upright moral conscience."

In a statement today, the prelates repeated why the law "worsens the existing legislation."

First, and above all, the bishops said, "because it considers the elimination of life of those who are going to be born as a right of the expectant mother during the first 14 weeks of the pregnancy, leaving practically without any protection whatsoever these human lives, precisely at the stage when the great majority of abortions are carried out."

In the second place, "because it establishes such an ambiguous concept of health that is equivalent to the introduction of the so-called social and eugenic indications as the legal justification of abortion," adds the note.

In the third place, they said, "because it imposes on the compulsory educational system the ideology of abortion and 'gender.'"

These and other reasons were already explained by an episcopal conference committee in June 2009, which the entire assembly reiterated in a communiqué of that November.

The bishops concluded: "We speak in fact in favor of those who have a right to be born and to be received by their parents with love; we speak in favor of mothers, who have the right to receive the social and state support necessary to avoid becoming victims of abortion; we speak in favor of the liberty of parents and of the schools that collaborate with them, to give their children an emotional and sexual formation in keeping with moral convictions that truly prepare them to be parents and to accept the gift of life; we speak in favor of a society that has the right to count on just laws that do not confuse injustice with rights."