Spain plans menstrual leave in new law for those with severe pain
According to media reports, Spain is planning to introduce medical leave for women who suffer from severe period pain.
According to a draught bill, women would be entitled to three days of paid leave per month, which could be increased to five in certain circumstances. Politicians, on the other hand, warned that the draught, which had been leaked to Spanish media, was still being worked on.
If passed, it would be Europe’s first legal entitlement of its kind. Only a few countries around the world have passed such legislation.
The Spanish law is part of a broader reproductive health reform that includes changes to the country’s abortion laws.
The law is expected to be presented to cabinet early next week, according to media outlets that have seen portions of it.
The draught states that with a doctor’s note, three days of sick leave will be allowed for painful periods, with the possibility of extending to five days on a temporary basis for particularly intense or incapacitating pain.
However, it is unlikely to apply to those who experience only minor discomfort. El Pas reports that it is part of a broader effort to treat menstruation as a health issue, which includes the elimination of the “tampon tax” on some hygiene products and the provision of free hygiene products in public places such as schools and prisons. Surrogacy, which is illegal in Spain, will be subject to stricter regulations under the proposed law.
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