Madrid, Spain, Apr 6, 2022 / 14:05 pm
The Right to Live platform in Spain held a protest Wednesday in front of the the country’s Senate of a bill that would criminalize “harassment” of women entering abortion clinics.
The bill was introduced in May 2021 by the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party’s coalition. It would criminalize "harassing women going to clinics for the voluntary interruption of pregnancy." Anyone promoting, favoring, or participating in demonstrations near abortion clinics would be subject to penalties.
Penalties for what would be deemed harassment would include jail terms of three months to a year, or community service from 31 to 80 days. Depending on circumstances, an individual could also be barred from a particular location for between six months and three years.
The Right to Live protest was held April 6 in Madrid’s Plaza de la Marina Española, as the Senate was due to consider the bill.