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The 5 key points of the reform of the abortion law in Spain


The Plenary of the Congress of Deputies approved this Thursday the reform of the Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy, known as the abortion law. It did so by 190 votes in favour, 154 against and 5 abstentions. These are the key points.

Learn about the new rights included in the abortion law that Spain approved 4:05

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The plenary session of the Spanish Congress of Deputies approved this Thursday by 190 votes in favor, 154 against and 5 abstentions, the reform of the Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy —known like abortion law.

The initiative will guarantee this right in public hospitals and without the need for parental consent in the case of women aged 16 and 17 and with disabilities, in addition to establishing sick leave due to disabling rules and paid leave from the 39th week of pregnancy .

✅ The Plenary approves the organic bill on sexual and reproductive health and the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, which is referred to the Senate.

📝 Press release:

– Congress (@Congreso_Es) December 15, 2022


These are the key points that the Spanish Government announced regarding the reform of the abortion law:

access to abortion

  • Women aged 16 and 17 and those with disabilities may voluntarily terminate their pregnancy without the need for the consent of their legal guardians.

  • The abortion will be guaranteed in the public hospital closest to the woman's home to avoid displacement.

  • The 3 days of reflection and mandatory prior information are eliminated when a woman decides to terminate her pregnancy.

  • Women who undergo this intervention will be entitled to a period of sick leave while they recover.

  • The morning after pill will be free in health centers and will be available in all pharmacies.

menstrual health

  • It is regulated for the first time in Europe that women who have painful and disabling periods can receive temporary disability paid by the State.

  • Feminine hygiene products will be free in educational, prison and social service centers.

Pregnancy and childbirth

  • A prenatal leave is created from the 39th week of gestation that will be compatible with the subsequent maternity leave.

  • Good gynecology, obstetrics and childbirth practices will be promoted based on international and national guidelines.

reproductive violence

  • Reproductive exploitation, forced abortion and forced pregnancy, as well as forced sterilization and contraception are recognized as "violence against women".

Sex education and contraceptives

  • Sex education will be mandatory at all educational stages.

  • The free distribution of contraceptives in educational centers, prisons and social services centers will be guaranteed.

  • Public comprehensive and specialized care centers for sexual and reproductive rights will be created, as well as a telephone hotline.


Source: cnnespanol

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