Can girls take part in protest rallies

Spain: Church advertises with World Cup goal against abortion

The church is taking advantage of the Spaniards' enthusiasm for football in a spot for a protest rally against the new abortion law.

Spain are crazy about football. Especially after Spain won the World Cup title in South Africa in July 2010 for the first time in its history. The Spanish Church's enthusiasm for football has now also been used for its own purposes.

The Spanish Bishops' Conference (CEE) is currently promoting participation in the nationally planned protest rally against the new abortion law in Spain with a video in the center of which is the World Cup victory goal by Spain midfield star Andres Iniesta.

"There is always a reason to live"

The video shows various people in difficult life situations - a sick child who sits at home alone on his birthday, a couple with walking difficulties in a wheelchair, a man who sits on his old father's bedside. The scenes are accompanied by the grueling radio broadcast of the World Cup match between Spain and Holland.

When Iniesta scores the winning goal, the man falls into his sick father, crying with joy, the child is surprised by friends, the couple confesses their love. The video closes with the words "There is always a reason to live".

Set for church "serious regression"

With this somewhat unusual but attention-grabbing video message, the Church wants to encourage people to protest on March 25th, on "Day of the Unborn Life", against the new abortion law in Spain, which was finally passed by the Spanish Parliament in mid-February.

The Auxiliary Bishop of Madrid and spokesman for the Spanish Bishops' Conference Martinez Camino described the new abortion law, which is one of the most liberal in the world, as a "serious step backwards for the right to life" and compared the new abortion rules with a "license to kill children".

Girls over 16 do not need parental consent

In the future, abortions will now be legal in Spain up to the 14th week of pregnancy. The only requirement is a consultation in a health center. An abortion will be possible up to the 22nd week in the event of severe health risks to the mother or deformities of the fetus. The consent of a medical committee is required for subsequent abortions. If a woman has an abortion outside of this framework, however, she no longer faces a prison sentence in Spain, but only a fine.

Underage girls aged 16 and over can in future have an abortion without their parents' consent, but must inform at least one parent of their decision before the abortion. The new abortion law is met with great protest from many Spaniards. At the end of October last year, over a million anti-abortion opponents demonstrated against the new regulation in Madrid.