Coal sent to Spanish president on feast of Epiphany
Madrid, Spain, Jan 6, 2010 / 12:58 pm (CNA).- On the eve of Epiphany, Right to Life in Spain opted to send a float from a parade overflowing with coal instead of a gift to Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero because of the pro-abortion policy his government has been implementing in Spain.
In Spain, as well as in other European countries, it is a tradition to give children presents on the feast of the Epiphany, in remembrance of the three wise men who brought gifts to the child Jesus in Bethlehem. Children who have been disobedient during the year receive coal in their stockings instead of gifts.
The float, which was earlier used in a parade to celebrate Epiphany in the Spanish capital, was driven to the offices of the European Union in Madrid since Zapatero is currently president of the EU.
Right to Life spokesman, Gador Joya, criticized President Zapatero for his pro-abortion policies, which undermine “the right to life” and reveal “his scorn for women and their health.”
The organization also announced it has joined with the Catholic Confederation of Parents to ask the president to hold a referendum on the new abortion law. It said one million signatures supporting the request will be presented to the government at the end of January.