Spain becomes the first country in Europe to approve a menstrual license

Spain approved a package of measures that includes permission to abort from the age of 16 and the elimination of VAT on feminine hygiene products. It will also be the first country in Europe to introduce a “fully state-funded temporary sick leave for painful and disabling periods”.

The Spanish Council of Ministers approved, this Tuesday, a leave for disabling periods between three to five days.

The package of measures also includes paid prenatal leave from the 36th week of pregnancy and abortion from the age of 16 without parental permission.

The proposal also guarantees the VAT elimination in feminine hygiene products and the free use of menstrual hygiene products and contraceptives in schools and prisons. The government’s text also provides for an increase in sex education at Schools.

Let’s be the first country in Europe to introduce fully state-funded temporary sick leave for painful and disabling periods,” Equality Minister Irene Montero said at a press conference after the presentation of the new bill.

According to the government official, who belongs to the extreme left party Podemos, a minority partner in the “feminist” government led by the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), “it is no longer taboo to go to work in pain, having to take pills before going to work. work or have to hide” menstrual pain.

Montero indicated a few days ago that the new license, which would have to be signed by the doctor treating the patient“would not have a time limit”, while a draft bill that the media had had access to last week referred to a three-day leave that could be extended to five days in the event of a acute symptoms.

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