Pro-life leaders in Spain expressed hope on Sunday that unborn babies could be protected again in their country after the United States Supreme Court overthrown Roe v. Wade last week.
Speaking at a pro-life rally in Madrid, Spain, Jaime Mayor Oreja said the victory for life in the United States should inspire pro-lifers around the world to be “united and active” in restoring a culture of life, the Catholic News Agency reports.
“The abolition of abortion in the United States shows us that the culture of life debate is far from over,” said Oreja of the pro-life organization NEOS. “We will be more present, united and more active than ever.”
More than 100,000 pro-life advocates marched in central Madrid to protest pro-abortion laws that would expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions in Spain, the report said. Oreja’s organization, the Assembly of Associations for Life, Liberty and Dignity and the Every Life Matters Platform hosted the event.
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“It is essential to mobilize and defend the Christian foundations of our society in the face of relentless social disorder. We are not here today in a debate about the past, but to raise awareness and prepare for the debate of the future,” Oreja said.
Abortions are legal in Spain for almost any reason up to 14 weeks.
This summer, Congress is considering a bill to allow girls as young as 16 to have abortions without their parents’ knowledge or consent. According to the EMEA Tribune, the proposed pro-abortion legislation could also force public hospitals to abort unborn babies and limit pro-life counseling on the curb outside abortion facilities.
Here’s more from CNA:
Regarding the amendments to the abortion law approved by the executive branch of the government, Carmen Fernández de la Cigoña, director of the Institute of Family Studies at the Center for University Studies, regretted that the authorities “want to show us it as moral that 16-year-old girls can have an abortion without their families knowing, the people who love and care about them the most.”
The reform of the abortion law was approved by the Spanish Council of Ministers on May 17. … The bill goes next to the Congress of Deputies (Lower House) for debate and vote, then to the Senate.
During the march, pro-life leader Fernández de la Cigoña said government leaders are trying to twist the issue by calling the killing of unborn babies “good and compassionate” and criticizing pro-lifers for “caring, praying, helping those who lend a helping hand.” need,” according to the report.
Last week, pro-life lawyers in the United States celebrated a huge victory for life when the US Supreme Court overthrown Roe v. Wade. The 1973 ruling forced states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions for any reason until viability and allowed legal abortions up to birth. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers died in supposedly “safe” legal abortions.
Now states can protect unborn babies by banning abortions again, and ten have already done so. Most European countries have stricter abortion laws than the US under Roe.
In 2021, approximately 42.6 million unborn babies were aborted worldwide.