Spanish Abortion Law

Prime Minister Zapatero, who helped make Spain the 3rd country in the world to legalise gay marriage, is now working on liberalising abortion law.

Under the current law, Spanish women can in theory go to jail for getting an abortion outside certain strict limits — up to week 12 in case of rape and week 22 if the fetus is malformed. But abortion is in effect widely available because women can assert mental distress as sole grounds for having an abortion, regardless of how late the pregnancy is.

Zapatero is now pushing for abortion with no restrictions up to 14 weeks, and for 16 year olds to be allowed abortions without parental consent. (Thanks, Jender-Parents!)