Big rally against further liberalization of abortion in Spain over the weekend. The news article definitely pits mom against child in a battle of rights, which is a misperception we must struggle to correct.
But check the last line of the report, which is what caught my interest:
Currently, Spanish women can also end a pregnancy if their physical or psychological health is at risk. In practice, the last category has been used to justify the vast majority of abortions – of which there were 112,000 in 2007.
Spain apparently has a restrictive law, but 112,000 abortions annually nonetheless. Spain has a population of about 45 million. Canada has no law, a population of about 33 million, and about 110,000 abortions annually (we can’t know for sure since the stats are so poorly kept and many clinics don’t file.)
So legal changes may result in exactly the same position when it comes to lost lives…if unaccompanied by cultural heart change.by