Health Minister Carolina Darias signed the order in a ceremony attended by LGBT + activists. (Twitter / FELGTB)
Spain’s health minister signed an order extending free fertility treatment, including IVF, to queer women, single cis women, trans and non-binary people.
While homosexuals and singles could previously access state-funded fertility treatment, in 2013 the then-ruling Conservative People’s Party overturned this right.
The party changed the law to allow only married heterosexual couples to access fertility treatment free of charge in public hospitals, and let same-sex couples spend thousands of dollars to expand their families.
But on Friday, November 5, Health Minister Carolina Darias of the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) signed a decree restoring these basic reproductive rights.
Darias signed the order at a ceremony attended by LGBT + activists, and then wrote on Twitter: “Starting today, single women, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people will have access to [reproductive technologies] on the [public health service].
“We have restored rights that should never have been abolished.
From hoy, las mujeres sin pareja, lesbianas, bisexuales y personas trans con capacidad de gestar, tendrán acceso a las técnicas de #RHA in el #SNS. Hemos restituido derechos que nunca tenían que haberse suprimido.
Somos un gobierno that cumple sus compromises https://t.co/LzXm1chtYs
– Caroline Darias (@CarolinaDarias) November 5, 2021
Uge Sangil, president of the Spanish Federation of LGBT + Rights Groups, attended the ceremony to celebrate the signing of the ordinance.
They said in a declaration: “We have always understood that obtaining rights such as assisted reproduction benefits lesbian and bisexual women and pregnant trans people, without harming anyone.
“This is an example of how recognizing LGBT + rights means recognizing human rights for society as a whole.
“We will not be able to be citizens whose all rights will be fully recognized until the conditions of freedom and equality of all are not guaranteed, whatever their sexual orientation, their gender identity or their expression.
Sangil said that “we are not going to stop because our struggle is daily, resilient and active”, and insisted that gay activists are “more necessary than ever”.
They added: “We have a history, we have memory, we have strength, we have convictions and we are right; they will never stop us.