7 Jul, 2014 @ 19:47
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Spanish justice minister grants right to life for deformed babies


A DEFORMED foetus should not be ‘automatic’ grounds for an abortion, according to Spain’s Justice Minister.

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon has insisted that only deformities which are ‘incompatible with life’ should be considered a reasonable motive.

“Physical or mental handicap is no reason for a person to enjoy fewer rights, either before or after birth,” he said.

The Minister’s comments follow the relaxation of Spain’s abortion laws in June to allow terminations when the foetus is ‘malformed’.

The controversial law originally stated that a foetus could only be aborted in cases of rape, or when a pregnancy would endanger the health of the mother.

The current law allows terminations within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, in line with the rest of Europe but reforms limiting grounds for the operation could see Spain returned to the ‘dark ages’.

According to polls from Metroscopia, over 60% of Spain – a traditionally Catholic nation – do not want the oppressive law to be brought in.

Parliament will vote on the bill this month.

Imogen Calderwood

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  1. … or another human being who wants to give equal rights to babies and resists killing them for convenience?

    Did you miss the following bit?

    “Physical or mental handicap is no reason for a person to enjoy fewer rights, either before or after birth,” he said.

    What part of equality do you disagree with?

  2. He’s a man. It’s none of his business. He will never have to experience such a momentous decision. I believe in the sort of equality where people make their own decisions about their own bodies. Let’s hear from the women – oh, that’s right, there aren’t enough of them in any government to influence policy. And why is that? The same sort of misogyny that makes this clown think he knows best.

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