Spain’s recently elected Socialist Prime Minister, Felipe Gonzalez, has proposed legislation to legalize abortion. This has prompted massive lobbying by opponents of abortion and has led to the first test of the Socialist Government’s vowed determination to change that country’s values and outlook. The Conservative opposition too has vowed “A fight with all possible means” against the proposed abortion law. Opposition leader, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, hopes to collect 500,000 signatures needed to bring about a referendum in an attempt to block it.

In the meantime, the majority of Spaniards have let it be known that they do not support the Socialist Government’s abortion proposal. More than 100,000 Spaniards, carrying banners saying “Mama don’t kill me,” rallied against the proposed abortion legislation in early March.