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Title: Spain announces plans to tighten abortion laws
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  Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, the justice minister, faced a furious backlash after blaming "structural gender violence" for pressurisi...

 

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, the justice minister, faced a furious backlash after blaming "structural gender violence" for pressurising women into seeking terminations. It is the strongest sign yet that the government is poised to reverse a liberalisation of the abortion law introduced under socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in 2010. During a session in congress on Wednesday Mr Gallardon argued that many women were forced to seek abortions because of the lack of support available to them. "We cannot be indifferent to the situation of many women who see their right to be mothers violated because of the pressure placed on them by certain structures around them," he said, confirming that a new draft law would be presented later this year. "No woman should be forced to renounce motherhood because of family, work or social conflict," he said.

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