.- The president of the Spanish Forum on the Family, Benigno Blanco, said this week that Spainâs Health Minister, Bernat Soria, should listen âto those who up to now have not been taken into consideration,â to the âthousands of women who have been abandoned and are alone and have considered abortion because of a lack of solidarity and positive alternatives.â
In response to Soriaâs announcement that a âcommission of experts to study reform of the law on abortionâ would be created, Blanco said the plan was cause for âgrave concernâ and simply an effort by the Health Minister and the current government to use the panel of experts as cover for their own complicity in abortion.
Blanco said that rather than listening to a panel of experts, Soria should instead listen to the âthousands of women who have been abandoned and are alone and have considered abortion because of a lack of solidarity and positive alternatives.â
She added that the Health Minister should listen to those who for years have been reaching out to such women âwith zero support from public officials,â and to âthose committed to defending life and the rights of the unborn and the mother.â
Blanco also said Soria âshould remember that the life of the unborn is protected and shielded by article 15 of the Spanish Constitution.â
Since 2006, the Forum has sponsored 17 legislative initiatives to secure assistance for pregnant women, including financial aid and a support network that would offer â24 hour counseling, psychological, medical and gynecological help, communication with family members, employment and educational opportunities, housing assistance and child care.â