Termination of Pregnancy and Abortion in Spain

Information on who to contact and how to proceed in the event of an unwanted pregnancy. Also information on family planning clinics and emergency contraception in Spain...

Abortion in Spain is currently legal without restrictions up to 14 weeks, and up to 22 weeks under certain conditions, including fetal deformities or if the mother's health is at risk. While, as of 2014, plans to further restrict access to abortion have been abandoned, political discussions on abortion law are still being discussed, particularly in regards to parental consent to under 18's, and so it may be subject to change in the future.

The Morning-after Pill

The morning-after pill (La Pildora del dia despues) is used frequently in Spain and can be obtained over the counter at the pharmacy, without the need for a doctor's prescription.

Contraceptive Pills and Family Planning in Spain

Contraception is not free in Spain. Contraceptive pills are available by prescription only. A prescription can be issued by a gynaecologist (ginecologo). The pills can bought at a pharmacy/chemist.

Family planning organisations

The Family Planning Federation of Spain (FPFE) has offices in Andalucia, Castilla Y Leon, Catalonia and the Balearics, Extremadura, Galicia, La Mancha and Madrid.

Attitudes Towards Abortion in Spain

Views range from the hard-line conservative stance that abortion is only admissible in the case where the woman's physical health is at risk, to that of the radical liberalists who believe women have the right to voluntarily end their pregnancy at any given time and for whatever reason.

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