Magazine article New Internationalist

Nuns, Ministers, Priests and Babies

Magazine article New Internationalist

Nuns, Ministers, Priests and Babies

Article excerpt

The Abortion Bill, passed by the Spanish government late last year, turned the clock back 30 years for women's rights.

It also raises serious questions about the ties between the Catholic Church and the conservative People's Party (Partido Popular - PP).

The PP has an absolute majority in Parliament, and is using this to make wide-ranging changes to the structure of Spanish society. But at least people voted for the PP; they never elected the Bishops' Conference. The Catholic Church now appears to wield more influence on policy than any other Spanish organization.

The most dramatic example of the Church's power is a baby-snatching horror story that has played out into the public domain over the last few years. A number of Catholic hospitals operated an organized policy - dating back to the dictatorship and running until the late 1990s - of putting the babies of unmarried, leftwing or working-class mothers up for adoption, without parental consent. No official investigation is under way.

But this is just another case of the Church being above the law. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.