Almeida defends returning to the abortion law of 1985 | Spain

The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, together with the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, this Tuesday at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid.
The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida, together with the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, this Tuesday at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid.Jose Velasco (Europa Press)

The mayor of Madrid and national spokesman for the PP, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, argues that the PP should repeal the current abortion law to return to the 1985 law if it comes to power. The popular mayor has expressed his “personal” opinion on this matter this Wednesday, not as a spokesman for the Executive of his party, but urging his formation not to fall into past mistakes without modifying the abortion law as did the Government of Mariano Rajoy. “In the PP we have learned the lesson, and in the PP the non-fulfillment of electoral promises has led to a decrease in our electoral support. He would return to the law of 85 ″, he told journalists in Villaverde (Madrid), according to Europa Press. Almeida is the first PP leader to speak so clearly in public about his model to allow abortion, after Pablo Casado has announced that he wants to approve a “maternity” law and sources in his leadership have specified that his intention is to replace with that norm to the current law, that the PP appealed to the Constitutional Court.

With the return to the 1985 law, Almeida bets on the return to the model of three decriminalized cases for abortion. In the current regulation, abortion is allowed freely up to the first 14 weeks of gestation. The PP has appealed the current law before the Constitutional Court, which will decide on the appeal in the coming months. In the appeal, the popular also oppose that women can abort in the event of a serious malformation of the fetus, an assumption that has existed for 36 years, since the first law that decriminalized abortion in 1985.

Almeida also applauded “that doctors have guaranteed conscientious objection” as well as seeing “very well that each doctor can decide in conscience.” In recent weeks, the cases of the obstacles that women continue to encounter in exercising the right to abortion within the time limits allowed by law due to a poor organization of conscientious objection by doctors, which causes that in some public hospitals do not have a physician who practices voluntary termination of pregnancy. The Ministry of Equality is preparing, in fact, a reform of the law in which it wants to include the obligation to create a registry of conscientious objector health professionals to guarantee that abortions are practiced in public health.

The mayor’s words come after the PP has indicated its intention to replace the current abortion law with a new “maternity” law, the content of which is not yet known, and without clarifying whether its model is the return to the law of assumptions or the maintenance of the law of time limits. Official sources assured EL PAÍS yesterday that this law will be promoted regardless of what the Constitutional Court decides on its recourse to the current law, although this Wednesday the same sources have affirmed that the party prefers not to move a file until it knows the sentence of the high court, although they do not clarify what their decision will be after the Constitutional Court is pronounced.

Abortion threatens to open an internal debate in the PP, where different sensitivities and currents coexist on this issue that has already divided the party in the past. The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has also referred this Wednesday to this matter, although she has not specified what her legislative model would be. Ayuso defends an abortion “that is legal, safe, but rare,” he said in Telecinco. “We have to make policies so that it is the last option. Let him have an abortion safely ”. Next, the Madrid president has criticized that abortion “is celebrated as a party, as if it were a liberation.” “When it is sold as a right, as professional feminists do, especially those from the PSOE and Podemos environments, who sell it as a party, it is horrible. That is not it either. It has to be a decision that is made once, not four times, which many women do, that it is not a festival of freedom, that is something else ”.

Abortion led to the resignation in 2014 of the Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, precisely because Rajoy resigned to carry out, after promoting it, the reform of the law. The popular president withdrew his own initiative, which he wanted to return to a more restrictive system than that of 1985, due to the social opposition he encountered and due to the internal debate in the PP.