A committee proposing the law first presents the ILP to the Congress of Deputies (lower house). If the Congress accepts the ILP for consideration, then a nine-month period begins, extendable for three more months, for proponents to gather the required 500,000 signatures.
If the signature campaign is successful, then the initiative is introduced in Congress to be debated in committee. If approved, it goes to a full session of the Congress which decides if the proposed law can go forward in the legislative process.
Ignacio García Juliá, president of the Spanish Family Forum, expressed his determination that “in the not too distant future” that “the monstrous euthanasia law” will be repealed and replaced “by a palliative care law that treats all the sick equally.”
The June 22 assembly stressed that euthanasia “is not a medical act” and pointed out that currently in Spain, “80,000 people a year who need palliative care die without it.”
The Assembly also expressed its opposition to the controversial bill introduced by the PSOE that would criminalize sidewalk counseling near abortion clinics, with sentences ranging from three months to a year in prison.
The president of the Federation of Pro-Life Associations, Alicia Latorre, criticized the bill as “sloppy and unconstitutional,” and said its sole aim is “to continue protecting the abortion industry and abandon pregnant women to their fate.”