‘Hallelujah’: Catholics hail Spain’s stricter abortion law


CELEBRATION. People attend the mass for the Holy Family in Madrid just days after the Spanish government agreed to tighten the abortion law. Photo by AFP

Under pressure from the Catholic Church, the Spanish government has agreed to tighten the abortion law. This prompted tens of thousands of believers to pour into central Madrid December 29 to celebrate an open-air Roman Catholic mass for the Holy Family. As chants of “Hallelujah” rang out on loudspeakers, crowds gathered in the city-center’s Plaza de Colon square, many of them urging the government to go even further and implement an outright abortion ban without exceptions. The conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced on December 20 it would roll back a 2010 law that had allowed women to opt freely for abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

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