Spanish abortion reform: FPFE welcomes its defeat but calls on government to go further to ensure women’s rights - Statement

24th September 2014
IPPF’s Spanish Member Association demands withdrawal of legal challenge to current law and implementation of paralysed National Strategy on Sexual and Reproductive Health

IPPF’s Spanish Member Association demands withdrawal of legal challenge to current law and implementation of paralysed National Strategy on Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Spanish Federation of Family Planning (FPFE) believes that with the Spanish government’s announcement yesterday that it has abandoned plans to reform the current law on abortion, it is responding coherently to the will of the vast majority of Spanish people and in line with an existing legal framework that respects human rights, and specifically the rights of women.

Now, in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement, FPFE calls for the withdrawal of a pending constitutional appeal filed in 2010 against the current law.

The withdrawal of the draft bill is a triumph of all national and international civil society organisations, political parties, health professionals and experts, who have repeatedly demonstrated against a reform that was unnecessary, since the current law has not caused any social or legal problems, and did not respond to specific public demand. FPFE expresses its solidarity and congratulates them all.

On the eve of World Contraception Day on 26 September, we also want to highlight that Spain’s current Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy, approved in 2010, includes a policy strategy for access to information and services for family planning and modern contraception, sex education and training for professionals. In practice, this has been virtually on hold since the conservative Popular Party (PP) took office. Therefore, FPFE demands the full implementation of the current law, especially the inclusion of sexuality education in primary and secondary education, and universal access to contraception, including the morning after pill. These two elements have been scientifically proven to reduce the number of induced abortions – unlike restrictive abortion laws.

For more information and interviews:
Mónica Martín (Executive Director FPFE)
+34 688 903 167