Spanish media reports indicated that Spain is brainstorming to introduce medical leaves for women who endure acute period pain.
Spain’s draft bill is to be introduced in the cabinet next week
A draft bill stated that women could benefit from three days of leave every month – expanded to five in certain instances. However, politicians presaged that the draft bill leaked to Spanish media channels was still being brainstormed upon.
If approved, the bill would be the foremost within the numerous legal entitlements passed in Europe. Merely a handful of nations across the globe have such legislation in operation.
The Spanish legislation is a faction of a much broader reproductive health reformation, encompassing transformations and amendments to Spain’s abortion laws.
Media outlets that have witnessed slices of the law report that it is still to be introduced to the cabinet in the dawn of next week.
The draft bill stated that three days of sick leave would be tolerated for painful periods. However, women who want to beget this benefit must produce a doctor’s note to their respective workplaces. Additionally, the draft bill states that this leave can temporarily expand to five days for incredibly intense or debilitating pain.
However, the bill does not indicate that those who endure mild discomfort can apply these sick leaves.
El País reported that the draft bill was an initiative of a broader approach to treating menses as a health condition, including eradicating VAT on a handful of hygiene products (tampon tax) and making hygiene products available a free of charge at public centers like prisons and schools.
The draft bill also comprises paid maternity leaves before childbirth and amendments to abortion laws summarized at the dawn of this year by Irene Montero, Minister of Equality.
The draft bill eliminates the necessity for 16- to 17-year-olds to abort without the consent of their guardians or parents, which was established in 2015 by a different government. It also eradicates the prevailing three-day cooling-off tenure and the necessity for abortion services to be delivered in the public healthcare system.
However, El Pais reported that doctors in conventionally Roman Catholic Spain will still be allowed to sign up for a record of active protestors.
The suggested law will also comprise stringent rules and regulations revolving around surrogacy, forbidden and prohibited in Spain.