French protest Spanish abortion law

Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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PARIS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- French women's rights advocates protested in solidarity with Spanish people against Spain's new anti-abortion law, which bans the procedure in most instances.

A march in Paris Saturday ended in front of the Spanish embassy and protests were planned in several other cities, as well, Radio France Internationale reported.

The conservative Spanish government announced plans last year to abandon a hard-fought women's rights bill passed by its liberal predecessor, making abortion illegal except in instances in which a woman's health is in danger or a child was conceived from a rape that has been reported to police.

Protest organizers, including some trade unions and a coalition of left-wing political parties, said in a statement the Spanish law is part of a "european offensive be opponents of women's rights."

More than 1,000 people attended a similar protest in Brussels.

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