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 started blogging with Feministing in 2008, and now runs partnerships and strategy as a co-Executive Director. She is also the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, where she promotes meaningful youth engagement in international development efforts, including through running the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. Lori was formerly the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has also worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Secretary-General's flagship Every Woman Every Child initiative, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition and Human Rights Watch. As a leading voice on women’s rights issues, Lori frequently consults, speaks and publishes on feminism, activism and movement-building. A graduate of Harvard University, Lori has been named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in the United States, and to Forbes Magazine‘s list of the “30 Under 30” successful mediamakers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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