CNA Staff, Oct 8, 2020 / 11:10 am
The Spanish Equality Minister said Wednesday it is "more than necessary" to repeal a law that requires parental consent for children aged 16 and 17 who want to procure an abortion.
Irene Montero said Oct. 7 in the Council of Ministers that "we demand, like so many [abortion advocates] from all corners of the world, the right of all women to decide about their bodies and we demand a freely decided motherhood and above all a full and free sexual life."
The minority coalition government, formed by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party and Unidas Podemos, also intends to promote sexual education and a right to the "newest forms" of contraception.
Abortion has been legal in Spain since 1985. The current abortion law, mandating parental consent for girls aged 16 and 17 to procure an abortion, was was adopted in 2015 when the People's Party was in power. The People's Party is now the largest group in the opposition.