By Sarah Keane • 10 October 2020 • 15:12
SPAIN’S Equality Minister reveals plans to reform the abortion law, allowing 16- and 17- year olds terminate a pregnancy without parental consent.
Under current Spanish law, young women aged 16 and 17 can have an abortion, but must have the permission of their parents in order to do so. Women can also have an ‘abortion on demand’ up until week 14 of their pregnancy. This is based on the 2015 reform of the abortion law, introduced under the former government of the conservative Popular Party (PP).
In a shocking move on Wednesday, Equality Minister Irene Montero said that it was “more than necessary” to bring Spain’s abortion laws in line with other European countries, so that “all women have the right to decide over their bodies.”
In order to succeed in her reforms, Montero, of the left-wing party Unidas Podemos, will need the support of other parties, while Vox, third largest group in Congress, have already publically announced that they will not support the changes.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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