On Thursday 30 January, 107 Parliamentarians from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) signed a Written Declaration in relation to the worrying draft legislation on abortion in Spain. This is a particularly high number of signatories as many written declarations obtain 20-30 signatures. The Written Declaration called the bill proposed by the Spanish conservative government the “greatest step backwards as regards rights and freedoms in Spain” during the democratic era. Signatories asked the Committee of Ministers to take steps so that the bill shall not be enforced.
The Assembly is expected to continue monitoring the situation in Spain, and will have a hearing on the matter at its next session in April.
See the Written Declaration here.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is a statutory organ of the Council of Europe. Its recommendations on issues such as human rights have significant weight in the European political context. The European Parliament and other European Union institutions often refer to the work of PACE, especially in the field of human rights, legal co-operation and cultural co-operation.