Home Abortion Aids & Hiv Euthanasia Homosexuality Lebanon Natural Family Planning Contact Me   
Daily News  »
Archives
Photo Album
Arabic Church News
Arabic Church Titles
Arabic Encyclopedia
Arabic Vatican News
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Church History
Code of Eastern Canon Law
Code of Western Canon Law
Council for Justice and Peace
Papal Documents
Papal Encyclicals
Paths of the Spirit
Pontifical Academy for Life
Saints & Angels
The 21 Ecumenical Councils
The Catholic Encyclopedia
The Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Fathers of the Church
The Holy Father
The II Vatican Council
The List of Popes
The Mysteries of the Rosary
The New Jerusalem Bible
Way of the Cross
Question and Answer
- Faith FAQs
 
Newsletter
Your name:
   
Your email:
   
   Subscribe Unsubscribe
 
Latest Posts
- Distribution of Communion by Non-attendees
- Coadjutors in the Eucharistic Prayer
- LITURGY Q & A: Priest’s Private Prayer Before Communion
- Liturgy Q & A: Administering the Chalice
- Administering the Chalice
 
   
Media
- Tv Charity
- Radio Maria
- Radio Charity - Lebanon
 
Slide Shows & Movies
- Psalm 23
- Be United Against...
- You Are Mine
- Abortion
- Mother Teresa
- Promise
 
Calendar
  December 2018  
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number Of Visitors:
420615
 
Spain's Rate of Abortion Doubles in a Decade. Growth Exceeds Every Other European Country By Inmaculada Álvarez
MADRID, Spain, DEC. 3, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Surgical abortions in Spain have increased in all age groups, especially among young unmarried women, reported the health ministry.

A Tuesday statement reported that abortions numbered 112,138 in Spain last year, indicating an increase of 10% compared to 2006. This figure is double that of 1998 (53,847). One out of every five pregnancies ends in abortion, resulting in a rate of more than 300 abortions each day.

According to the data, 97% of abortions were sought due to "risk for the physical or psychological health of the mother." Ninety-eight percent of the abortions were carried out in private clinics.

This news hit the media at a time when the Spanish government is debating the reform of the present abortion law to give greater protection to women who want abortions and the doctors who perform them. Currently, abortion is allowed for cases of rape until week 12 of the pregnancy, until week 22 for cases of malformation of the fetus, and with no limit in cases where the physical or mental health of the mother is deemed at risk.

A few days ago, the Institute of Family Policy (IPF) made a prognosis close to the figure published in Tuesday's report, as it anticipated that the official figure would exceed 110,000 abortions by the end of November.

In a note Tuesday, Eduardo Hertfelder, president of IPF, requested the reform of the law to eliminate the possibility to appeal to the psychological health of the mother, which he said has become a "colander" to which women who wish to abort take recourse.

"The effects of a colander such as the present law of abortion are not avoided with the development of a new law that is a greater colander -- which would increase the number of abortions -- but by eliminating the causes that propagate them," he affirmed.

No. 1 cause


In a report published at the end of last November, the IPF estimated that at present, abortion has become the leading cause of death in Spain, with 1.2 million deaths since 1985. Moreover, Spain is the European country in which the number of abortions has grown the most over the past five years (by 60%).

According to the IPF, the present situation is the consequence of the "abandonment of women by the administration," given that there is no type of public assistance for those who decide to go ahead with their pregnancy.

In fact, in its report IPF states that the results of a survey it carried out show that 30% of those who justify abortion adduce economic difficulties for opting for it.

Esperanza Puente of the MotherNetwork agrees. She gave her testimony today before the sub-commission studying a reform of the abortion law. Puente explained in statements to the Spanish agency Europa Press that "the law that is approved is not the main point" if women are not offered an alternative to abortion.

"Experience demonstrates that a pregnant woman who is informed, supported and given different alternatives to abortion decides to go ahead with the pregnancy," she affirmed. "And no one has regretted having had the child."