Spain: Ruling conservatives move to curb abortion availability for 16- and 17-year-olds

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MADRID — Spain's Parliament has taken a step toward restricting the availability of abortion by accepting for debate a conservative ruling Popular Party proposal to oblige 16- and 17-year-olds to once again have to obtain parents' permission.

The Popular Party used its absolute majority to get the proposal accepted Tuesday while most opposition parties voted against. In an embarrassing blunder, opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez voted in favor by accident.

The government last September scrapped a much-criticized plan to roll back the Socialists' 2010 abortion law — which allows for abortion without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy — saying there was no consensus on change. But it pledged to seek to restore the parental permission obligation for 16- and 17-year-olds.

The proposed change may be made law by June.

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