The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, has removed his party and burned down the networks with his proposal to return to the law of assumptions of abortion, a regulation passed in 1985. What has most attracted attention has been the motivation that argued"If we want to finance pensions and health, we should think about how to have more children and not about how we abort them," Casado said in an interview with the Efe news agency.
The current regulations on voluntary interruptions of pregnancy, approved in 2010, has not meant an increase in the number of abortions. In fact, there has been a gradual reduction, according to the evolution of the data offered by the Ministry of Health. Since then it has gone from a rate of 11.78 abortions per 1,000 women to one of 10.51. In absolute numbers, the 113,000 abortions in 2010 increased to 118,000 in 2011. However, as of that year there have been annual falls to reach 93,131 interventions in 2016, or 94,123 registered in 2017.
They rose 1% in 2017, but the fall remains sustained Since the entry into force of the law of terms that Casado does not like and want to eliminate. When that 1% rise was published, Isabel Serrano, gynecologist of the Federation of State Family Planning, explained to this newspaper: "There is a slight upturn, but it is not significant. The important thing is that since 2010 we have fallen by almost 20,000 abortions. Every year the reports confirm that it is false to think that women use voluntary interruptions of pregnancy as if they were a contraceptive method. "
The National Deputy Secretary of Organization of the Popular Party, Javier Maroto, has also referred to abortion with an affirmation that is not based on existing data. "The most common abortion scenario in Spain is what happens in the third child. It is being used as a conciliation tool and that is brutal, "said the popular leader on the television program Espejo Público on Thursday.
According the latest report on Voluntary Interruptions of Pregnancy of the Ministry of Health, with data from 2017, 45.8% of women who had an abortion had no children. Only 20.15% already had two children. Not only are they not the majority case. In addition, official data do not allow knowing if the number of children was a motivation for women or aborted for other reasons. The notification questionnaire that is filled out in each case includes four pieces of information: if the interruption of the pregnancy is made at the woman's request, if it is because it poses a serious risk to the life or health of the pregnant woman, if there is a risk of serious anomalies in the the fetus or fetal abnormalities incompatible with life or if it is an extremely serious or incurable disease.
According to sources from the Association of Accredited Clinics for the Interruption of Pregnancy (ACAI), the data referred to by Maroto are not passed on to the Administrations. According to the latest ACAI study, which included motivations, prepared in 2014, 40% of women say that they interrupt their pregnancy "because at this vital moment they do not want to," sources at ACAI explain. And they add that they would not want to even if there were changes in the economic, emotional or social situation.