THE number of abortion carried out in Spain has risen for the first time in five years.
An official report showed 4,000 more pregnancies were terminated in 2017 than the year before, resulting in 10.5 abortion per 1,000 women.
The 2017 figure is still lower than the 2010 number of 11.71 terminations per 1,000 women. That was the same year Spain’s government relaxed abortion laws, legalising them for girls as young as 16 with parental consent. Spain now has the third highest number of abortions in Europe, after France and the United Kingdom.
The pro-life Family Policy Institute of Spain claims official statistics show more than 2 million abortions were carried out in Spain before 2015.