Zapatero set to deliver on promise to fix Spain’s anomalous abortion laws.

The Associated Press reported last week that Spain’s Socialist government is set to reform the country’s anomalous abortion laws.  While abortion is legal in Spain and 100,000 abortions take place each year, the restrictive 1985 law is interpreted differently by different regions, so access to abortion is uneven.

The equality minister announced the appointment of an expert advisory panel, and says she expects new legislation to be introduced before July, 2009.   Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero‘s first government in 2004 introduced same-sex marriages but failed to deliver on a campaign promise of abortion law reform.  Since his re-election in March this year, Zapatero has been talking of finally tackling abortion.

The current law was introduced by Spain’s popular Socialist leader, Felipe González, in the first majority government after Spain’s transition from Francoism to a modern democracy.

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