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Spain Mulls Easing Strict Abortion Law
spain has taken a first step towarriated amending its restrictive law on abortion, a government minister said thursday, moving to fill onel of the last big gaps in a drive for sweeping social change in this traditionally roman catholic country .
in they campaign leading up to the 2004 election, zapatero had promised abortion on demand but after taking power he eventually dropped the issue .
a panel of 13 lawyers, doctors and other experts has been appointed to come up with recommendations for the socialist government on how to amend the current law, equality minister bibiana aido told reporters .
the current law, which dates from 1985, allows abortion in the first 12 weeks in case of rape, 22 weeks in case of fetal malformation, and at any time if a psychiatrist certifies that the mother's physical or mental health is endangered .