Spain's conservative party sees new opportunities in migrant babies

Spain's conservative Popular Party (PP) has plans for new legislation which would attempt to address illegal migration, abortions, adoptions and demographic concerns all in one go.

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Popular Party chief Pablo Casado is calling for new legislation that he claims will be a "support for maternity law". Under the proposed policy, pregnant undocumented migrants will not be expelled from Spain during their pregnancy if they choose to give up their child for adoption. If the mother is picked up in a raid, or is a citizen of a country with a repatriation agreement, she will be sent back to her home country after giving her baby to the Spanish government.

In essence this is yet another thinly veiled attack on abortion by PP, which has made no secret of its desire to turn back the clock on Spain's abortion law. Before the country's current legislation, which allows abortion in the first trimester, was passed, abortion was a criminal act except in cases of rape, a risk to the mother’s health and accredited fetal deformities. 

As Casado has recently begun to claim a link between the choice to have an abortion as an attack against the sustainability of the country’s pension system:

"I think we need to make an analysis of what kind of society we are building, and above all, and this is something that the left is very bad at, if we want to fund pensions and healthcare we need to think about how to have more babies and not about how to have terminations,” he said last month.

Although PP leadership claims that a large number of abortions are carried out among “immigrant women who have no resources", the proposal is seemingly just another attack on the right to abortion in general. These claims have aroused fierce criticism, as repealing of the abortion law has little support in Spain, and efforts to overturn the law in 2013 were a failure.

Details from the story:

  • The new policy proposed by PP would allow pregnant undocumented migrants in Spain to escape expulsion from the country during their pregnancy if choose to give up their child for adoption.
  • After giving up their baby, they would only be expelled if they were subsequently caught by the authorities.
  • PP has been seeking a return to the country's restrictive abortion law which was overturned in 2010 for a law that allows abortions during the first trimester.
  • PP chief Pablo Casado stated that his PP supports a “progressive” pro-life culture and stated that it is the only answer for a rapidly growing and aging population.
  • According to an immigration lawyer quoted in the article, this proposal would be in conflict with article 13 of the Spanish Constitution, which guarantees all public freedoms to foreigners in Spain.
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