Spain’s Constitutional Court rejects request to suspend abortion law


Spain’s Constitutional Court rejected a request on Wednesday for an injunction against the country’s new law on abortion filed by the Popular Party. The decision allows the new law to remain in effect while the justices rule on lawsuits challenging its constitutionality.

On June 30 the government of the country's province of Navarre along with the Popular Party filed an injunction against the law to push back its effective date until appeals could be made. 

However, according to Europa Press, administration officials then filed a brief arguing that placing an injunction against a new law passed by Congress is beyond the court’s competency.

The new law took effect on July 5, the 25th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in Spain.  It allows abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy and up to the 22nd week if approved by a medical committee.  It also allows 16-year-old girls to obtain abortions without parental consent.

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