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International: Spain expands abortion rights, introduces menstrual leave

2:30pm on 18 May 2022

By Jessica Hopkins 

The Spanish government has approved a bill to allow 16 and 17 year olds to terminate a pregnancy without parental consent.

A government spokeswoman described the reform bill as a "new step forward for democracy."

In Spain, voluntary abortion is allowed until the 14th week of pregnancy. However, the traditionally Roman Catholic will still allow doctors to register as conscientious objectors.

The bill also includes a provision that makes Spain the first European country to offer workers paid menstrual leave. This leave will be paid for by the state and not the employers.

Since coming to power in 2018, women's rights have been a focus of the Spanish coalition government.

​Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air.