Prison Time for Church Protest Against Abortion Reform

The Spanish Supreme Court has confirmed the one-year prison sentence against five young people who interrupted a church mass in February 2014 to protest against reforms to Spain's abortion law. They were found guilty of violating religious freedom. According to the court, the aim of the defendants was to "clearly prevent the religious act", and the exercise of the right to freely express their opinions cannot suppress the right of others to participate freely in their religious ceremonies, when they are carried out in places specifically designated for worship.