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Spain: Marchers say abortion laws take Spain back to Franco01:11

Spain: Marchers say abortion laws take Spain back to Franco

Spain, Madrid
February 1, 2014 at 14:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain: Marchers say abortion laws take Spain back to Franco

Tens of thousands of people protested in Madrid on Saturday, against new abortion legislation proposed by Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon. Police erected barricades around the parliament building, keeping the bulk of the demonstrators away from Spain's centre of political power.

Activists demanded the Minister's resignation, saying that his proposed law would remove the decision of whether to give birth from women.

Protesters said the new law affecting women turn back the clock to the days when Francisco Franco was the dictator of Spain. "They want to impose a law that is totally incongruous," said Sonia, a demonstrator and school teacher. "It cannot be that a man decides what we the women have to do. We are now tired of enduring so many injustices in our country and we are at our limits. They want to go back to past eras, to Francismo, and we are not willing to allow that."

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Spain: Marchers say abortion laws take Spain back to Franco

Tens of thousands of people protested in Madrid on Saturday, against new abortion legislation proposed by Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon. Police erected barricades around the parliament building, keeping the bulk of the demonstrators away from Spain's centre of political power.

Activists demanded the Minister's resignation, saying that his proposed law would remove the decision of whether to give birth from women.

Protesters said the new law affecting women turn back the clock to the days when Francisco Franco was the dictator of Spain. "They want to impose a law that is totally incongruous," said Sonia, a demonstrator and school teacher. "It cannot be that a man decides what we the women have to do. We are now tired of enduring so many injustices in our country and we are at our limits. They want to go back to past eras, to Francismo, and we are not willing to allow that."