PES calls for international mobilisation against Spanish abortion law


Sergei Stanishev

Sergei Stanishev

Spain's conservative government has agreed to ban women from opting freely for abortions, outraging pro-choice campaigners who say the move will take the country back to the 1980s.

“This law by Spain’s Conservative Government is not against abortion, this is a law against women. I will do everything possible to mobilise PES Member Parties to lend their weight to this fight for the rights of women, in Spain and elsewhere in Europe”, says PES president Sergei Stanishev, who added that “women’s rights will be a central issue in the European election campaign”.

Stanishev thanked PES vice president Elena Valenciano (PSOE) for the letter calling for support from the Party of European Socialists (PES) against the Spanish Conservative Government’s proposal to drastically curtail a woman’s right to choose.

PES Women President Zita Gurmai added that; “all of Europe’s progressive forces should join us in making this stand and fight for the right of women to choose. We must fight to protect the sensible and compassionate decisions that have been made over the last years on fundamental women’s rights in Europe”.

For the full text of Sergei Stanishev’s letter to Elena Valenciano, please go here.