Spain is awaiting the publication in coming days of a brand new regulation banning the intimidation or harassment of ladies coming into abortion clinics.
The regulation comes into power when it’s printed within the Government Gazette, presumably subsequent week, after the Spanish Senate on Wednesday endorsed a regulation handed earlier by parliament.
The Senate gave its blessing by 154-105 votes for modifications to the penal code in Spain, the place abortions can be found free of charge within the public well being service by means of the 14th week of being pregnant.
The authorized modifications imply that anybody harassing a lady going into an abortion clinic will likely be committing against the law that may be punished with as much as one yr in jail.
Spain’s authorities, led by the center-left Socialist authorities, proposed the regulation final yr and lawmakers accredited it in September.
In the Senate, as in parliament, the modifications had been opposed by right-of-center political groupings.
They argued that the alterations flew within the face of the constitutional proper to free speech and the correct to assemble.
Anti-abortion teams stated their gatherings exterior abortion clinics had been organized to hope and supply assist to the ladies.
The nationwide Association of Accredited Clinics for Pregnancy Termination says that greater than 100 circumstances of harassment are reported exterior clinics every year.