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Mass held in Spain backs new abortion law

Thousands attend outdoor Mass in Spain to honor family values, support tougher abortion law

Archbishop Antonio Rouco Varela delivers a speech,  during a mass, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Thousands of people have attended a mass i...
Nuns waits for Archbishop Antonio Rouco Varela to arrive during a mass,  in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Thousands of people have attended a ...

Spain Family Mass

Archbishop Antonio Rouco Varela delivers a speech, during a mass, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Thousands of people have attended a mass i...

Spain Family Mass

Nuns waits for Archbishop Antonio Rouco Varela to arrive during a mass, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Thousands of people have attended a ...

MADRID (AP) -- Thousands of people have attended a Mass in Madrid to honor family values and support government moves aimed at tightening restrictions on abortion in Spain.

Archbishop Antonio Rouco Varela led Sunday's outdoor service in Colon square and said "the gift of life" should be considered sacred and not tampered with.

The conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Dec. 20 gave his Cabinet approval for a new abortion law that would allow terminations only in the case of rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus. Such a law would need to be approved by Parliament, where the government has a large majority.

Pope Francis gave his blessing for Sunday's Mass via a video link from the Vatican.


Updated : 2021-06-23 11:08 GMT+08:00