The EL celebrates the feminist mobilizations which have won the battle against the reactionary project of abortion law of the Spanish right government

The EL celebrates the feminist mobilizations which have won the battle against the reactionary project of abortion law of the Spanish right government

The Party of the European Left (EL) congratulates the feminist movement and all organization and parties of the European Left, especially the PCE and Izquierda Unida, on the victory obtained in its struggle, in the streets and in the institutions, to manage to stop the retrograde draft of abortion law by the Popular Party in Spain limiting the fundamental right of the women for free abortion. Having been adopted, something possible with the absolute majority of the Popular Party in the Parliament, Spanish women had been forced to abort in hiding, on the fringes of the law or to do so abroad, as in the time of Franco's dictatorship. It was a clear offensive against women but also against equality.

The EL welcomes the withdrawal of the project, which has led to the resignation of the Justice Minister who defended it until the last moment. This withdrawal is a success not only for the women who live in Spain, but for all women in Europe and all around the world. It is also the demonstration that with organization and mobilization it is possible to stop right-wing policies.

The EL, which launched on March 8th a successful European campaign with the name "Changing of the Freedom", involving demonstrations and actions in a variety of countries, will continue defending the right for free and safe abortion throughout Europe.

Sept.23, 2014