Friday, 20 February 2009

Spanish Government Vs The Catholic Church

The Church squares up to the raging bull.

Spain. Home of good looking people, romance, cracking wine, delightful tapas and a steady bedrock of Catholicism. Oh, hang on, the Spanish Government are just about to legalise abortion. One by one, even 'Catholic' countries are falling for the pro-choice arguments that relaxing abortion laws leads to better 'healthcare' for women and makes the World a happier place. Since the 1967 Abortion Act, the number of abortions in England and Wales totals approximately 6.7 million. That's 6.7 million human lives snuffed out, and, let us not forget millions of women who live with the painful and self-destructive agony of maternal loss for the rest of their earthly lives.

Courtesy of The Telegraph

The move has put the Socialist government on a collision course with the Catholic Church which has argued the need "to restrict and not expand abortion" in Spain. A parliamentary committee presented recommendations to Congress this week that included legalising early stage abortions, while gradually imposing more restrictions as pregnancies progress.

The proposals will form the basis of a draft bill to be presented to Parliament later this year that will tackle one of the traditionally Roman Catholic nation's final taboos and bring the abortion law in line with most other European countries. The move is the latest in an ambitious programme of social change under Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero that has seen him clash repeatedly with the Roman Catholic Church.

Since coming to power in 2004 his socialist government has legalised gay marriage, eased divorce laws and dropped religious education from the curriculum in public schools, all measures which have deeply angered church leaders.


Physiocrat said...

I was talking to a old doctor a couple of years ago who had been in a gynaecological ward for his practical work. He was vehemently anti-Catholic and pro-abortion, because most of his work was sorting out the after effects of botched abortions. His stance was not unreasonable in the light of his experience.

In the Irish Republic, abortion was banned and some "fallen women" were sent to special places where they were cruelly treated, in a departure from the high ideals which was the original intention behind these establishments.

If abortion bans are to remain, then alternatives must be made available so, firstly, "unwanted" children don't get conceived, and second, if they do, they end up in the hands of people who will love and care for them.

The Bones said...

The level of the Government's willingness to give help, financial and practical, to people in need, is reflected in how willingly they are prepared to see abortions occur daily.

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