Spain will allow girls over 16 to choose if they want to have an abortion
Spain has passed a bill that would remove the requirement that 16- and 17-year-old girls have parental consent before deciding to terminate a pregnancy.
The new bill aims to reform an earlier abortion law, passed by the Conservative People's Party in 2015.
Government spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez said the bill represents "a new step forward for democracy".
If the bill is passed, Spain will become the first country in Europe to offer its employees paid leave during the menstrual cycle.
In Spain, voluntary abortion is allowed until the 14th week of pregnancy.