Bishop criticizes the concern for “canine conciliation” in the face of the drama of abortion

The Bishop of Orihuela-Alicante (Spain), Msgr. José Ignacio Munilla, has criticized certain Spanish press for opening the debate on “canine conciliation” while promoting a law that eliminates the minimum reflection period of three days before aborting.

The Prelate accompanies his comment with hashtags alluding to the anthropological crisis, abortion or the recurring saying in American legal cinema: “I have no more questions, Your Honor.”

This expression is sometimes used as a synonym for amazement at a certain fact that cannot be debated due to its lack of common sense.

The article to which Msgr. Munilla refers was published by the leftist newspaper “El País” and is entitled “Canine conciliation: workers have gotten used to going back to the office. Their dogs, no.”

It tells how a woman hides in one room every morning while her mother takes her dog Sugus into another room. Thus, she takes the opportunity to leave her home to work, tricking the dog: “That way he thinks I’m still in my room and he stays calmer,” says the owner of the animal.

Otherwise, he spends the day barking and crying, continues the story.

According to “El País” there is a technical name for this situation. The dog Sugus would be suffering from so-called separation anxiety, a disorder suffered by domestic animals that “do not know how to deal with the absence of their owners,” explains the newspaper.

To solve these situations, some companies allow the presence of dogs in their offices, even “as a way of retaining their workers,” the article states.

The criticism of the Bishop of Orihuela-Alicante is possibly connected with other data on Spanish society. In 2018, 13 million pets were counted. The president of the Spanish network for the identification of pet animals, Armando Solís, then declared to the same newspaper: “In Spain there are more pet animals than children under 15 years of age.”

In parallel, the number of births per year is at historical lows, well below the replacement rate. According to Eurostat, Spain is the second country with the lowest fertility in Europe with 1.19 children per woman.

This Tuesday, the Government has approved a project to reform the abortion law that further unprotects the right to life from conception and that is pending parliamentary processing.

In addition to eliminating the period of reflection, it has designed a system that limits the conscientious objection of doctors and unprotects minors under 16 and 17 years of age, who will be able to have abortions hidden from their parents, among other liberalizing measures of abortion.

The law is expected to be approved by the end of the year after passing through Congress and the Senate.

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