Pro-choicers stage daring Barcelona church protest

Two daredevil protesters chained themselves to the facade of a Barcelona church on Friday morning to demonstrate against Spain's proposed new abortion law.

Pro-choicers stage daring Barcelona church protest
Wearing white masks, the protesters held a banner reading: "Our bodies! Our rights! Young, free, feminists! Photo: Arran

The demonstration against Spain's highly controversial draft abortion legislation was timed to coincide with Friday's International Women's Day.

Two members of Catalan feminist collective Arran spent three hours on the facade of Barcelona's 'Santa Maria del Mar before returning to earth, El Periódico reported.

Wearing white masks, they held a banner reading: "Our bodies! Our rights! Young, free, feminists!"

The protests come amid widespread criticism of federal government-backed reforms of Spain's abortion law. Thousands have taken to streets to voice their anger.

A law introduced in Spain in 2010 allows women to opt freely for abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. But planned changes mean allow abortion only in cases of rape or a threat to the mother's health.

The draft law is expected to be passed in parliament where the ruling conservative Popular Party hold a majority, although its passage though its passage has been delayed after dissent from several high profile party figures.

Lawmakers recently rejected a proposal submitted by the opposition Socialists to "immediately withdraw" the bill by 183 votes to 151. Six lawmakers abstained.

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