DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     September 22, 1998     vol. 9, no. 185

from a CATHOLIC perspective

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          MADRID (CWNews.com) - The Spanish parliament on Tuesday will begin to debate a proposed law that would effectively legalize abortion on demand in the majority Catholic country.

          The bill proposed by the minority Socialists has already been defeated twice, and the country's Catholic bishops have rallied behind the majority Popular Party to oppose it again. Current law only allows abortion if the unborn child is deformed, the pregnancy is the result of rape, or the mother's psychological or physical health is threatened. The proposed measure would also allow abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if the mother believes the child would cause her serious, personal, family, or social conflict -- a stipulation that would make almost any first trimester abortion legal.

          While the vote is expected to move along party lines, about 20 parliament members have been given free reign by their parties to vote as their conscience dictates which could swing the referendum. On Sunday, Catholic priests spoke out against the bill in their homilies, urging their parishioners to attend rallies against the bill on Monday.

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September 22, 1998       volume 9, no. 185


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