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The imperative need to avoid the counter reform on Abortion in Spain which breaches women’s human rights

Written declaration No. 566 | Doc. 13411 | 30 January 2014

Ms Delia BLANCO, Spain, SOC ; Ms Tina ACKETOFT, Sweden, ALDE ; Mr Claude ADAM, Luxembourg, SOC ; Lord Donald ANDERSON, United Kingdom, SOC ; Ms Khadija ARIB, Netherlands, SOC ; Ms Danielle AUROI, France, SOC ; Mr Lennart AXELSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Pedro AZPIAZU, Spain, ALDE ; Mr Daniel BACQUELAINE, Belgium, ALDE ; Mr Christian BATAILLE, France, SOC ; Mr Deniz BAYKAL, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Levan BERDZENISHVILI, Georgia, ALDE ; Ms Maria Teresa BERTUZZI, Italy, SOC ; Ms Eka BESELIA, Georgia, SOC ; Mr Philippe BIES, France, SOC ; Ms Gülsün BİLGEHAN, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Philippe BLANCHART, Belgium, SOC ; Ms Delia BLANCO, Spain, SOC ; Ms Maryvonne BLONDIN, France, SOC ; Mr Mladen BOJANIĆ, Montenegro, SOC ; Ms Sílvia Eloïsa BONET, Andorra, SOC ; Ms Bernadette BOURZAI, France, SOC ; Ms Svetislava BULAJIĆ, Serbia, ALDE ; Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Michael CONNARTY, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Paolo CORSINI, Italy, SOC ; Ms Pascale CROZON, France, SOC ; Mr Yves CRUCHTEN, Luxembourg, SOC ; Mr Geraint DAVIES, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Arcadio DÍAZ TEJERA, Spain, SOC ; Ms Eirini DOUROU, Greece, UEL ; Mr Ioannis DRAGASAKIS, Greece, UEL ; Ms Josette DURRIEU, France, SOC ; Ms Doris FIALA, Switzerland, ALDE ; Ms Ute FINCKH-KRÄMER, Germany, SOC ; Mr Gvozden Srećko FLEGO, Croatia, SOC ; Mr Jean-Claude FRÉCON, France, SOC ; Ms Maria GIANNAKAKI, Greece, SOC ; Ms Angeliki GKEREKOU, Greece, SOC ; Ms Alina Ștefania GORGHIU, Romania, ALDE ; Mr Sandro GOZI, Italy, SOC ; Ms Annette GROTH, Germany, UEL ; Mr Jonas GUNNARSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Nazmi GÜR, Turkey, UEL ; Mr Antonio GUTIÉRREZ, Spain, SOC ; Ms Carina HÄGG, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Mike HANCOCK, United Kingdom, ALDE ; Mr Kent HÄRSTEDT, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Olivier HENRY, Belgium, SOC ; Mr Igor IVANOVSKI, ''The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', SOC ; Mr Tedo JAPARIDZE, Georgia, SOC ; Mr Ramón JÁUREGUI, Spain, SOC ; Mr Mogens JENSEN, Denmark, SOC ; Mr Josip JURATOVIC, Germany, SOC ; Ms Marietta KARAMANLI, France, SOC ; Ms Jenny KLINGE, Norway, ALDE ; Mr Haluk KOÇ, Turkey, SOC ; Ms Athina KYRIAKIDOU, Cyprus, SOC ; Mr Luca LAZZARI, San Marino, UEL ; Mr Jean-Yves LE DÉAUT, France, SOC ; Mr Pavel LEBEDA, Czech Republic, SOC ; Mr François LONCLE, France, SOC ; Mr George LOUCAIDES, Cyprus, UEL ; Ms Kerstin LUNDGREN, Sweden, ALDE ; Mr Dirk Van der MAELEN, Belgium, SOC ; Mr Saša MAGAZINOVIĆ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, SOC ; Ms Guguli MAGRADZE, Georgia, SOC ; Mr Philippe MAHOUX, Belgium, SOC ; Ms Marit MAIJ, Netherlands, SOC ; Ms Vesna MARJANOVIĆ, Serbia, SOC ; Ms Ermira MEHMETI DEVAJA, ''The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', SOC ; Ms Stefana MILADINOVIĆ, Serbia, SOC ; Ms Melita MULIĆ, Croatia, SOC ; Ms Carina OHLSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Ms Sandra OSBORNE, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Bernard PASQUIER, Monaco, ALDE ; Mr Grigore PETRENCO, Republic of Moldova, UEL ; Mr Luc RECORDON, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Mailis REPS, Estonia, ALDE ; Mr René ROUQUET, France, SOC ; Mr Indrek SAAR, Estonia, SOC ; Ms Fatiha SAÏDI, Belgium, SOC ; Mr Aleksandrs SAKOVSKIS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Stefan SCHENNACH, Austria, SOC ; Mr Nikolaus SCHERAK, Austria, ALDE ; Mr Andreas SCHIEDER, Austria, SOC ; Mr Frank SCHWABE, Germany, SOC ; Ms Laura SEARA, Spain, SOC ; Mr Christoph STRÄSSER, Germany, SOC ; Ms Tineke STRIK, Netherlands, SOC ; Mr Valeriy SUDARENKOV, Russian Federation, SOC ; Mr Björn von SYDOW, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Vilmos SZABÓ, Hungary, SOC ; Ms Chiora TAKTAKISHVILI, Georgia, ALDE ; Mr Konstantinos TRIANTAFYLLOS, Greece, SOC ; Mr Snorre Serigstad VALEN, Norway, UEL ; Mr Nikolaj VILLUMSEN, Denmark, UEL ; Mr Eric VORUZ, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Klaas de VRIES, Netherlands, SOC ; Ms Nataša VUČKOVIĆ, Serbia, SOC ; Mr Zoran VUKČEVIĆ, Montenegro, SOC ; Ms Draginja VUKSANOVIĆ, Montenegro, SOC ; Ms Katrin WERNER, Germany, UEL ; Ms Gisela WURM, Austria, SOC ; Mr Levon ZOURABIAN, Armenia, ALDE
1 This is the greatest step backwards as regards rights and freedoms in Spain in the whole of our democratic era, and takes us back to moments of our history which we believed overcome.
2 The current Act of 2010 on sexual and reproductive health and on the voluntary termination of pregnancy is to be amended by an Act entitled “For the protection of the life of the conceived and the rights of the pregnant woman”.
3 Under the Bill the interruption of pregnancy will be permitted only in case of rape, after lodging of a complaint and within a maximum of 12 weeks, and in that of serious deformity of the unborn child (“non nasciturus”) incompatible with the life of the mother.
4 Therefore, this Act deprives Spanish women of all capacity to decide freely on their motherhood.
5 90% of women interrupting pregnancy during the first 12 weeks, will have to do so in a clandestine way, thus risking their lives, freedom and dignity.
6 With this Bill, Spanish women will no longer be legal persons, but subjects of law who need to be supervised, thus depriving them of their status as rational persons with full enjoyment of their freedoms.
7 86% of Spaniards consider this Bill an abuse of women’s freedoms and of those of society as a whole. 75% consider it unnecessary.

Therefore, we call on:

  • the members of this Assembly, to sign this declaration so as to prevent Spanish women’s rights from being undermined;
  • the Committee of Ministers to take steps so that this Bill, which violates women’s human rights, shall not be enforced.