.- By a vote of 277-21, Spainâs House of Representatives rejected a motion presented this week by left-wing lawmakers that would have allowed greater access to abortion and made it a part of the national health care system.
Left-wing lawmakers requested that the vote on the motion be secret, but the measure only garnered the support of its sponsors. Amendments by the ruling Socialist party to achieve a greater consensus on the application of the current law on abortions were in turn rejected by the motionâs sponsors.
Representative Carme Garcia, a supporter of the motion, said the amendment proposed by the Socialist party lacked clarity, and she criticized the government of Jose Luis Rodriquez for what she called its âambiguous positionâ regarding the modification of abortion law, saying Zapatero was trying to âsave faceâ before the upcoming elections.
Socialist party lawmakers said that while their amendment was intended to achieve a greater consensus, they agreed that abortion laws needed to be revised because they are currently âinsufficient.â
âThis requires a serious social debate,â they stated, emphasizing that they agreed with the premise of the motion but that they would continue to work for âa calm change based on consensus and dialogue.â âWe just donât think that this is the right time or manner of dealing with such a serious issue,â they said.