Vox’s rejection of abortion rights goes well beyond urging doctors to invite pregnant women in to hear the fetal heartbeat and see a 4D ultrasound (in motion), as Castilla y León Vice President Juan Garcia- Gallardo, has announced. The Ultra party is also opposed to women being able to decide whether to have an abortion without relying on the man’s opinion. Such is the case in the veto proposal tabled by the three Vox senators on the 28th in the Bundesrat on the new law on sexual and reproductive health and abortion, the debate of which will take place in February when parliamentary activity resumes.
In its letter, Vox asserts that both the current 2010 law and the new project, “in its alleged defense of women’s agency, completely disregard the figure of the father, who is credited with having no say in the decision that can lead to death.” mean to your unborn child [sic]“. Using its usual rhetoric, the Ultra party adds that the legislative initiative “perfectly reflects the destructive spirit of the core moral principles that structure Western civilisation” and “assaults the sanctity of human life and the fundamental bond of father to son”. Although he does not specifically say that women should have their male partner’s permission to terminate their pregnancy, this seems to be inferred from his reasoning.
In fact, the entire letter conveys an intent to ban abortion in any case, asserting that “the right to life is the most sacred of rights” and Vox defending it “from conception onwards.” [es decir, desde que se forma el cigoto] until natural extinction”, which is why it also opposes euthanasia, based on a supposed “natural law” and the “sacredness of human life”. Vox goes back to the 19th century to argue that abortion was classified as a crime in the Penal Code of 1822 and, although some exceptions to this principle were introduced in 1985, “the extraordinary decriminalization of abortion in some cases and terms” he deplores : “There has become a clear trend towards free abortion disguised as a so-called right”. Vox criticizes the “enthusiastic submission of successive Spanish governments”, in an implicit allusion to the PP, to the sexual and reproductive rights endorsed by the UN and the European Parliament. The Ultra party equates abortion with homicide, stating: “Under no circumstances can it be considered a right to kill another human being.”
Vox accuses the Constitutional Court of helping to “undermine the right to life of the unborn”, delaying its ruling on the 2010 abortion law by almost 13 years and ensuring that if it comes to that, it must be consistent with its previous one declare the law unconstitutional. She also criticizes the establishment of a register of doctors who object to having an abortion and their exclusion from the clinical panels that evaluate eugenic abortions (in the case of fetal malformations), which she considers discriminatory. At an anti-abortion forum last December, Vox defended the “overcome objection” of doctors who refuse to terminate a woman’s pregnancy without notice.
Like the PP, Vox criticizes the removal of the three-day cooling-off period before abortion or the obligation to inform women who want to terminate their pregnancy about maternity benefits and describes the possibility as “interfering with parental authority” that women over 16 can use without the consent of the mother abort parents. Finally, he returns to the demographic argument, emphasizing that Spain has a lower fertility rate than is needed to ensure generational renewal and that this could be mitigated “if the thousands of fetuses that are aborted each year were born “.
While the Vox veto in the Senate has no prospect of success, it shows that the purpose of the Ultra party is not limited to being “informed” about women who want an abortion, as its secretary-general Ignacio Garriga pointed out last Monday Defense affirmed controversial protocol of Junta de Castilla y León.
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