The results of
the poll, which were made public last Thursday, showed that 78% of
Spaniards believe the government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero should
inform women about alternatives to abortion and its negative
group “There Are Alternatives” said the growing awareness about
abortion in Spain was positive and that with the new information; the
Ministry of Health has an opportunity to address the problem with
protection measures for pregnant women.
“Spain is at a
historic crossroads when it comes to the drama of abortion, and it is
the government which, at the national level must offer protection
measures for pregnant women and for newborns, thus promoting real
freedom to be mothers,” the group said in a statement.
The president of
the civil rights watchdog website HazteOir.org, Ignacio Arsuaga, said
the poll reveals that “abortion is a grave problem about which many
citizens are not aware and numerous public administrations and the
Ministry of Health do not seem interested, given their refusal to meet
with associations that offer outreach to pregnant women and
He said the
government ought to promote ways to assist pregnant women and sensitize
people about the positive social value of motherhood.
Forum on the Family, for its part, is calling on political leaders to
increase assistance to pregnant women through information about
childbirth, pregnancy and motherhood. The group has also
requested a meeting with Spain’s Minister of Health, Elena Salgado, to
present a program it has developed to offer medical, psychological and
material help to pregnant women throughout the country.
the wake of a poll conducted by the Institute for Family Policy in
Spain, which showed that most Spaniards consider the government’s
efforts to address unwanted pregnancies a failure, several pro-family
groups are calling on the government to reconsider its position and
provide better assistance to pregnant women.