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 a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

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