The Forum on the Family is urging the government of Spain to cut off federal funding for abortion to protect the consciences of its citizens.
“This provision is deeply repugnant to the consciences of many Spanish citizens who are forced see their taxes used to finance a practice they find totally unacceptable,” president of the Forum on the Family Benigno Blanco said June 8.
Including abortion services as part of the public health care system “makes no sense,” he said, asserting that the current legislation has dissociated it from any kind of illness or heath care problem and turned it into a right a woman can exercise at will without any medical cause.
Blanco advocated removing “as soon as possible” the provisions in Articles 18 and 19 of the Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancies, in order to eliminate the obligation of health care providers to cover the procedure.
According to Blanco, it is not necessary to wait for new legislation to cut off federal funding for abortion because lawmakers could do so by inserting amendments into the current budget.