Feminists demonstrated in Spain Friday against plans to turn the clock back on abortion laws.
The protests were part of Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion.
Beginning in Latin America in the 1990s, the day gained special importance in Spain after the announcement by the Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, that he planned to roll back women’s right to choose in the country.
The so-called Violet Tide came in to the capital Madrid as well as Barcelona.
In Madrid, despite the heavy rain, the demonstrators marched for two hours, from the Puerta de Toledo to the Plaza de Sol. Feminists from within the 15-M indignados movement carried a vagina which they worshiped while proclaiming ‘Get your rosaries off my ovaries’ and ‘sexuality is not maternity.’
Carrying banners declaring that ‘To decide makes us free’, the attendees shouted ‘We do not want laws against women’ and ‘It is not the crisis, is patriarchy’.