“The doctor cannot be forced to offer tests before abortion”
The Minister council has approved this Tuesday an agreement that requires incompetence to the Governing Council of the Junta de Castilla y León in relation to abortion, as a step prior to initiating actions before the Constitutional Court. A measure that, according to what the Government spokesperson and Minister of Territorial Policy has stated, isabella rodriguez, aims to “ensure compliance with the Constitution.” “You can’t force the doctors to offer tests to women who have decided to terminate their pregnancy nor can they give suggestions or recommendations in this regard”, explained the minister.
According to Rodríguez, the powers that are being affected by the protocol announced by Castilla y León have to do with the bases and coordination of the health policy, as well as equal conditions in the exercise of rights. “We demand that the Board stop establishing any instructions or recommendations addressed to doctors to offer information or additional diagnostic tests”, he stressed, recalling that the powers of the autonomous communities in terms of health legislation “they cannot contravene in any case the Law of Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE) from 2010″still valid.
“The Government has taken another step in the defense of women’s rights in view of the measures announced by the Junta de Castilla y León,” he continued, noting that the explanations offered by the Junta are “contradictory” and ” insufficient”: “We will prevent the outrage announced in Castilla y León”.
Specifically, this requirement of incompetence to the Junta de Castilla y León “includes those actions constituting de facto”, which violate or impair the rights regulated in Organic Law 2/2010, of March 3, and RD 1825/ 2010, of March 25, which develops it. The Board has a period of one month to respond.
The Government adopts this agreement two days after making an official request to the Ministry of Health of Castilla y León to refrain from approving or applying any measure that violates the current regulations regarding the Law on Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy after the announcement carried out by the regional Executive to adopt measures on abortion. “We are not going to allow a single millimeter to go back”has sentenced the spokesperson.
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