November 29, 2011
Spain's Popular Party won a historic conservative victory in November's election, and while the dismal state of the economy was a factor, family issues also played a significant role, WORLD News Service reports. Policies instituted during the past eight years by Socialist rulers -- easy access to abortion, the elimination of parents' rights, pro-gay education and same-sex marriage -- led to massive demonstrations, including a march of more than 150,000 people though Madrid's streets in March to protest new abortion-on-demand laws. In a February interview with the newspaper El Mundo, Spain's incoming prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, had promised that if his Popular Party constituted the next government, it would repeal those abortion laws as well as some controversial pro-gay curriculum. "We hope the revolution ... will spread to other Western European nations," said Larry Jacobs, managing director of World Congress of Families. "Their economic woes are rooted in anti-family policies, resulting in some of the lowest birth rates in history."