Plan to toughen Spain’s abortion law protested
A protester shows body paint reading ''Judges and priests away from my body" during a protest against abortion law reform in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Published Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:04PM EDT
MADRID, Spain -- Several hundred people have held a demonstration against a government proposal to make it harder for women to get abortions in Spain.
The protesters in Madrid included one young woman who wrote the slogan "Judges and priests away from my body" on her stomach.
Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon has said he will ask Parliament to change the law, including a new requirement for parental permission in cases where 16- and 17-year-olds want to end pregnancies.
In 2010, Spain's Socialist government changed the law to allow abortions without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and for 16- and 17-year-olds without parental permission.
Gallardon's right-leaning Popular Party won a landslide victory in November and has promised to carry out its campaign pledge to tighten abortion laws.