Cracks appear in Spanish ruling party over abortion
MADRID (AFP) - A new crack has appeared within Spain's conservative ruling party over government legislation to ban women from freely choosing abortion.
Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy's government has come under fire from the opposition after announcing on Dec 20 it would roll back a 2010 law that had allowed women to opt freely for abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
The legislation, yet to pass parliament where the ruling Popular Party enjoys an absolute majority, would allow abortion only in cases of rape or a threat to the physical or psychological health of the mother.
But signs of dissent also emerged from within the ruling party itself.