Spain approved easy change of the recognized gender and medical menstrual leave for women


Spain is the first European country to allow women suffering from “period pain” to take medical leave and stay at home for hours or days. The law guarantees menstrual health as part of the country’s right to gender equality in health.It reformed a 2010 law guaranteeing women’s sexual and reproductive rights. “The rule is going to stop being a taboo,” said Minister for Equality Irene Montero. On the other side, the UGT trade union concerned that employers will favour hiring men.


The law also allows 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds to get an abortion without parental consent. Free distribution of the morning-after pill is guaranteed in health centers and services throughout Spain. Based on its legislation Spain is considered one of Europe’s most progressive countries on abortion and reproductive rights. But it’s not all ! After an extensive debate, with 191 votes in favour and 60 against, Spain’s parliamenr on Thursday has given final approval to a law allowing people over 16 to change their legally-recognised gender without medical evaluation. Those aged 12 to 13 will need a judge’s approval while people aged 14 and 15 will need parental permission.