Spain and Italy clash over abortion laws

April 18, 2024
By Laura Gozzi, BBC News

Spain and Italy have clashed over a proposal by Italy's ruling right-wing coalition to allow anti-abortion groups into abortion clinics. The lower house of parliament in Rome is set to pass the bill on Thursday.

Spanish Equality Minister Ana Redondo weighed into the debate prompting a spat with Italy's Giorgia Meloni. Allowing the "organised harassment" of women in abortion clinics meant "undermining a right recognised by the law", Ms Redondo declared on X. "It is the strategy of the extreme right: to intimidate in order to row back on rights," she added.


Spain Far Left Wants To Enshrine Abortion As Constitutional Right

By AFP - Agence France Presse
March 6, 2024

Spain's far-left Sumar party Sumar, part of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's coalition, said Wednesday they want anchor the right to abortion in the constitution as France did this week.

"France and its women have shown that progress is possible and necessary ... it is time to fully guarantee the rights of all women," the party led by Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz wrote on X, formerly Twitter, two days before International Women's Day.


Cannes Abortion Drama ‘Power Alley’ Secures Distribution in Spain

By Leo Barraclough
Nov 14, 2023

Berlin-based sales agency M-Appeal has closed a deal with Reverso Films for the Spanish distribution of Lillah Halla’s “Power Alley.”

… “Power Alley,” which had its world premiere in Critics’ Week in Cannes, is a fast-paced drama set in Brazil. The film follows talented volleyball player Sofia, who discovers she is pregnant on the eve of a career-defining game. Seeking an abortion, which is illegal in Brazil, she is confronted by a fundamentalist group who become fixated on stopping her. The film puts sisterhood and collective resistance at the forefront of the story.


Spain’s far-right party Vox would abolish law allowing abortion

July 7, 2023

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's far-right party Vox proposed abolishing the current laws allowing abortion and euthanasia, according to its election manifesto published on Friday.

"We defend the right to life from conception to natural death," said the 169-page document, which was launched as the campaign began for Spain's snap election on July 23.


Spain’s new abortion law has difficult realities to address

How regional inequality, poor planning and conscientious objections have affected abortion rights in Castilla y León

Elena Ledda
9 June 2023

When Blanca* decided she wanted an abortion, she was told she'd have to travel almost three hours to find Spain’s nearest health centre with free provision. Out of desperation she ended up paying 400 euros at a private clinic, where she was offered only a local anaesthetic.

Her experience is just one example of the grim reality for women and pregnant people that a progressive new law is hoping to address.


A recent reform was meant to guarantee free abortion in all of Spain. Is it working?

By Natalie Donback 

Many Spanish women have had to go to private clinics to abort and pay upwards of hundreds of euros to do so. Spain recently passed a reform to improve the unequal access to abortion but enforcement has been poor in some autonomous communities and regional elections that could see a far-right party advance have stoked fears the new law could be all but shelved in some areas.

The reform which aims to improve access to abortion by making it mandatory for each of the country’s 17 autonomous communities to offer the procedure in public hospitals, including those with conservative and right-wing local governments, came into force in March.


Spain approves menstrual leave, teen abortion and trans laws

MARCH 1, 2023

MADRID —  The Spanish parliament on Thursday approved legislation expanding abortion and transgender rights for teenagers, while making Spain the first country in Europe that will entitle workers to paid menstrual leave.

The driving force behind the two laws was Equality Minister Irene Montero of United We Can, the junior party in Spain’s left-wing coalition government.


Spain approves menstrual leave, teen abortion and trans laws

Measures allow workers suffering period pain to take paid time off, as right to abortions in state hospitals is enshrined.

16 Feb 2023

Madrid has approved legislation expanding abortion and transgender rights for teenagers, while making Spain the first country in Europe that will entitle workers to paid menstrual leave.

The driving force behind the two laws was equality minister Irene Montero, who belongs to the junior member in Spain’s left-wing coalition government, the “United We Can” Party.


Spain’s constitutional court rejects abortion law challenge

Feb 8, 2023

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s constitutional court on Thursday rejected a challenge lodged more than a decade ago by the conservative Popular Party against a law allowing abortions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The legal challenge had “not obtained the support” of the court, the verdict said. The main opposition PP’s legal argument had centered on the constitutionality of the right to life of the fetus.


Spanish People’s party stops far-right anti-abortion move from going ahead

Leader of Castilla y León region defies proposals by Vox partner that prompted legal action by central government

Sam Jones in Madrid
Tue 17 Jan 2023

The conservative leader of Spain’s Castilla y León region has defied his far-right coalition partners by insisting that a series of controversial anti-abortion protocols that prompted the central government to launch legal action will not be enacted.

Last week the far-right Vox party, which governs Castilla y León in coalition with the larger conservative People’s party (PP), announced “pro-life” proposals that would oblige doctors to offer women seeking terminations a 4D scan, a chance to listen to the foetal heartbeat, and a psychological consultation.