The Spanish Bioethics Committee has just announced its decision regarding the draft bill on abortion (Gènéthique press review on December 23rd, 2014 and Gènéthique press review on May 5th, 2014). The Committee supported a reform of the abortion law by 9 votes to 3.
The Committee is also asking the government to provide maternity assistance in order to reach the desired outcome, namely “a reduction in the number of abortions“. Assistance would be provided in the following areas: “health, services, job market, accommodation and financial assistance“.
Last but not least, the Committee is calling for support for women who have had an abortion: “information and support for women who decide to terminate their pregnancy must not end at the time of the procedure. Reality shows that these women may need psychological assistance to overcome the consequences of a decision that, in the majority of cases, they did not want to take“.
This advisory opinion from the Bioethics Committee is one of 29 requested by the Ministry for Justice but it was one of the decisions most eagerly awaited since it was delivered by acclaimed experts.