The private clinics that carry out more than 90 percent of legal abortions in Spain have begun a week-long strike calling for changes to the law. They say women and doctors should have better legal protection. The strike could affect up to 2,000 women. Police raided abortion clinics in Barcelona and Madrid late last year. Most abortions in Spain are carried out under a law requiring a doctor’s diagnosis that the pregnancy poses a risk to the woman’s mental health. In other news, tensions have escalated in Spain’s Basque region, with a crackdown on the outlawed political group Batasuna and a Jan. 8 car bombing that bears the hallmarks of the ETA. (BBC)

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