Quick Hit: Spain Declares Abortion a Woman’s Right, Removes Threat of Imprisonment


Awesome news: Today, Spain approved a sweeping new law that eases restrictions on abortion, declaring it a woman’s right and removing the threat of imprisonment. The new law also allows women to obtain abortion without restrictions up to 14 weeks into the pregnancy, and gives 16- and 17-year-olds the right to have abortions without parental consent.
I’m especially excited about this because I see this latest legislative victory as part of an overall trend in Spain toward more liberal and pro-woman policies, despite quite vocal opposition from conservatives and the Catholic Church. As the article explains, this is just the latest of a series of reforms by Prime Minister Zapatero- under Zapatero, Spain has also legalized gay marriage and made it easier for Spaniards to divorce.
For more, check out the whole article on MSNBC.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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  • IAmGopherrr

    Yay for Spain!
    No doubt the catholic iron grip will give them problems for this. Hope they dont kowtow like Ireland did with their blasphemy law.

  • katie

    ¡Finalmente! ¡Buen trabajo España!

    • http://feministing.com/members/tigerrose13/ Kimberly

      ¡Sí!

      Es una lástima que probablemente no vayan a hacer la misma cosa aquí en los EE.UU… (Shame they probably won’t do the same thing here in the States…)