“Spain Says Yes To Life” is the theme organizers have chosen for numerous pro-life rallies planned to take place across the country on March 7. Organizers chose the date to voice opposition to the government’s new legislation on abortion, which is expected to pass later in March.
During a press conference, spokesman for the event Gador Joya called on Spanish president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to convene a referendum so that the country's citizens can express their opinions regarding the new law.
If the president feels most Spaniards support the law, “he should have no problem convening a referendum and consulting the people,” Joya said. He noted that on January 28, one million signatures calling for the referendum will be sent to the government.
Joya said turnout in Madrid is expected to be smaller than it was for the October 17 protest last year because this time organizers will be holding rallies in different cities across the country. He also remarked that rallies will be held in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and France.
Joya added that organizers hope to establish a tradition of celebrating pro-life rallies each year during March to coincide with the World Day of Life, which is celebrated on March 25.
The spokesman argued that the majority of Spaniards support the right to life and want their voices to be heard.