The Ministry of Equality has assured this Friday that Social Security will be the one who assumes from the first day the payment for the cancellation of painful rules in the abortion law, and not by the company. This has been learned by RTVE from sources in the portfolio led by Irene Montero, who have also indicated that a quoted minimum will not be required as with other common temporary disabilities (IT).
The draft, which will go to the Council of Ministers next Tuesday, does not finally incorporate a number of specific days of sick leave, but they will be the ones that each woman needs. It is estimated that about 7% of women have incapacitating menses.
“�� Government sources confirm that sick leave for painful periods will be incorporated into the abortion law
▪️ They will be assumed by Social Security, not by employers
▪️ Does not incorporate a specific number of days off
— Radio 5 (@radio5_rne) May 13, 2022
The Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, has confirmed it in a tweet: “We are going to recognize by law the right of women with painful periods to a special temporary disability that will be paid for by the State from the first day.” “We are working to make it no longer normal to go to work in pain and to end the stigma, shame and silence around menstruation,” she added.
“We are going to recognize by law the right of women with painful periods to a special temporary disability that will be paid for by the State from the first day.“
– Irene Montero (@IreneMontero) May 13, 2022
From the Ministry of Social Security they have indicated that they do not talk about what is not approved; however, “they do not deny it”. Its head, José Luis Escrivá, assured this Thursday that the Executive was working “internally” on said law, which is still “in the process of internal discussion work in the collegiate bodies of the Government.”
“Our position is that this law has to harmonize two elements: improve the protection of women and also promote their participation in better labor market conditions,” he stressed.
The law will include measures on contraception and feminine hygiene
The new law will also include contraceptive measuressuch as that the latest generation pills are included in the National Health System and that abortions can be performed in public centers, since currently eight out of ten voluntary interruptions are carried out in private centers, as the Secretary of State pointed out this Friday of Equality and against Gender Violence, Ángela Rodríguez.
Besides, will end the requirement of parental consent for girls aged 16 and 17.
But it is not only focused on abortion but also on menstrual health. Thus, it establishes that VAT on products such as tampons, pads and diapers, which is currently taxed at 10%, “0% rate will apply” to “menstrual management products and others related to care responsibilities”.