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Spain Declares Abortion a Woman's Right, Removes Threat of Imprisonment for Obtaining Abortion

Written By: Lori Adelman
February 24, 2010

 

Today, the Spanish Senate 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.

This latest development is especially exciting when considered as part of a recent trend of reform by Prime Minister Zapatero: under Zapatero, Spain has also legalized gay marriage, made it easier for Spaniards to divorce, and is set to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter.

For more on the importance of access to safe abortion for women’s health worldwide, please visit the safe abortion section of our website, which features context, links, factsheets, and more.

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