Spanish pro-life group says fetal handicap law should eliminate abortion

Madrid, Spain, Jul 30, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The spokeswoman for Spain's Right to Life group has urged the country to recognize that a proposal to outlaw abortion in cases of fetal handicaps shows that the procedure should be “completely” abolished.

In a statement issued on July 26, Gador Joya said the organization agrees with “the basis and the logic” of a proposal made by the Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon to prohibit abortion in cases of fetal handicaps.

In her opinion, she added, it “inevitably leads to the complete abolition” of abortion.

Abortion in such cases amounts to “discrimination against handicapped human beings. To protect their right to life is a fundamental ethical and juridical principle that, nonetheless, continues to be violated in many countries,” Joya said.  

“The argument of non-discrimination implies that every human life should be protected, not only those of persons who are handicapped.”

Joya said the announcement by the Justice Minister has made the promoters of abortion “nervous,” because they know that abortion for reasons of fetal handicaps is “the most shameful” example of this practice.

For this reason, she underscored, Ruiz-Gallardon “should not stop here.” He should move now on expanding the proposal beyond just abortion in cases of fetal handicaps and the requirement for parental consent.

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