SPAIN: Human Beings Play Second Fiddle to Apes

What sense is there in passing a law that protects the lives of several animal species but will not apply the same protection to human beings?  In Spain, the government has not lifted a finger to repeal the abortion law where 300 unborn babies die violent deaths every day — more than a hundred thousand a year.  We pray that the Prime Minister will fulfill his campaign promise to overturn the abortion law.  

Pro-life activists from Spain’s Asociación Derecho a Vivir (in English, the Right to Life Association)
Pro-life activists from Spain’s Asociación Derecho a Vivir (in English, the Right to Life Association)

It is now safer to be a monkey in Spain than to be a man. Thanks to a new law passed by the Spanish parliament and signed into law by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Great Apes are protected from the moment of conception against abortion and fetal experimentation.  Human embryos, on the other hand, remain unprotected and the subject of scientific research.

This is why a group of pro-life demonstrators, dressed as gorillas,  gathered around the headquarters of the ruling political party, the Partido Popular, last week.  These pro-life activists, from Spain’s Asociación Derecho a Vivir (in English, the Right to Life Association), were there to celebrate their historic legal and political victory, and to ask why human babies were still being denied the same protections.  

Ignacio Arsuaga, president of the Association, urged President Rajoy to fulfill his campaign promises and overturn the abortion law passed by his Socialist predecessor.  Protecting human life from conception would have the support of the majority of Spain’s population, Arsuaga went on, pointing out that over 400,000 Spaniards had already signed a petition demanding the repeal of the abortion law.

Spanish Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón has promised to present an abolition of abortion bill before the end of March. “We and millions of Spanish people are asking that these promises be fulfilled,” Arsuga added.


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