New legislation being drafted in Spain would legalize abortion up until the 14th week of pregnancy and also allow women ages 16 and older to have the procedure without parental consent. The law would also permit abortions in the first 22 weeks of pregnancy in the case of a congenital disorder.
This new law would change the current abortion regulations in Spain, which only allows abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in the case of rape, or in the first 22 weeks of pregnancy if the fetus has a known congenital disorder. Current law also allows a woman to obtain an abortion if her physical or mental health is at risk.
The proposed law faces protests from religious groups, political conservatives, and anti-abortion groups. If passed, however, the new law will provide women in Spain with more control of their own reproductive health and will mark a positive direction for women’s rights.