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Spain's equality laws steal the spotlight

Words by Abi Scaife

Spain has made some incredible changes in the past few weeks, reducing inequalities around the country.

Great! Tell me more.

Legislation was approved this week on a number of issues - perhaps most notably, Spain will become the first country in Europe to entitle workers to paid menstrual leave.

This will allow workers who experience debilitating period pains and other menstrual issues to take paid time off.

Anything else?

Loads. 16 and 17-year-olds will now be able to get an abortion without parental consent - plus, people are now legally allowed to access this important medical procedure in state hospitals, where previously many doctors would refuse to perform them.

Though it’s important to say that doctors who have already provided, in writing, their objection won’t be forced to perform them.

Period products will go for free in schools and prisons, while state-run healthcare centres will be able to offer free contraceptives and morning-after pills. 

And what about the trans laws?

Any citizen over the age of 16 will now be able to change their legally registered gender, without medical supervision - no exams, no operations; nothing.

Those between 12-13 will need a judge to authorise the change, while 14-16-year-olds will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian; however, they are still able to make this wonderfully affirming change.

Plus, conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ people is OUT - and state-assisted IVF for lesbian couples and single women is IN.

Well done, Spain!

This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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