Preserve Abortion Rights for Women and Girls


Target: Alfonso Alonso Aranegui, Spanish Minister of Health, Social Affairs, and Equality

Goal: Don’t restrict abortion access for underage girls and women with mental handicaps.

Prior to the passage of a 2010 abortion rights law, Spain had some of the most severe abortion restrictions in Europe. Since the passage of the law, however, legislators have attempted to once again chip away at abortion rights. A new proposal would require sixteen- and seventeen-year-old girls, as well as mentally handicapped women, to obtain parental permission before having an abortion. Sign the petition and demand that the human rights of women and girls be respected.

The proposed law in Spain violates a number of international human rights guidelines and recommendations, including those from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Restricting abortion access denies women and girls autonomy over their own bodies and puts their health at risk.

Spanish women and girls have the right to make decisions regarding their bodies, lives, and futures. Sign the petition and demand that legislators respect these rights.


Dear Minister,

I am writing to protest the proposed amendment to Spain’s abortion law, which would restrict abortion access for sixteen- and seventeen-year-old girls as well as for women with mental handicaps. Such restrictions are a violation of human rights and put the health of women and girls at risk. As such, I strongly recommend against adopting such restrictive measures.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities rightly points out that the deprivation of full legal rights of those with disabilities has often resulted in their being denied fundamental rights, including reproductive rights. Denying mentally disabled women the right to pursue an abortion is a discriminatory measure that needlessly risks the health of women.

The proposed law is also at odds with recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which maintains that children should be granted legal autonomy over some medical decisions, including those related to their own sexual health and reproductive rights.

With its 2010 abortion law, Spain made great strides forward in recognizing the fundamental human rights of women and girls. The proposed new law would constitute a disappointing step backwards and would rob women and girls of the ability to make decisions based on their own desires and needs. I therefore urge you to protect the rights of women and girls by doing everything in your power to prevent the passage of the proposed law.


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