This Sunday in Madrid, a demonstration was held against the abortion law and the “culture of death” called by the Platform Yes to Life, which gathered, according to the government delegation, 23,000 people. The demonstrators carried banners with slogans such as “listen to the heartbeat; I tell you I’m alive”, “the voice of the heart” and “no mother regrets being a mother”, and walked along Serrano street to Cibeles square to the rhythm of the music of Viva la Vida by Coldplay and Spanish pop-rock songs from the 2000s. Spanish and Burgundy Cross flags were also observed.
Alicia Latorre, president of the Spanish Federation of Pro-Life Associations and at the head of the protest, rejected in statements to Efe the “culture of death” and affirmed that the demonstration sought to “show the greatness of life.” Latorre also criticized the current abortion law, considering it “even worse and more perverse than the one we had” and said he hoped that it “disappears as soon as possible” because “it takes away the rights of the unborn and leaves mothers more abandoned”.
The spokesman for Vox in the Congress of Deputies, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, also joined the demonstration and expressed his support for the defense of life. Espinosa de los Monteros criticized the government for approving “laws of death”, such as the assisted suicide law and the law that allows 16-year-old girls to have abortions without parental consent, and pointed out that his party will continue to defend life “with conviction, joy, and desire.”
On the other hand, when asked about the voluntary interruption of pregnancy in cases of rape, Latorre stressed that abortion “never solves the trauma of rape” and that instead “special solutions” should be sought but “never take life” or “abandon the woman.”
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