The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has signed this Friday the Ministerial Order that updates the Portfolio of Services of the National Health System (SNS) so that single women, lesbian, bisexual women and trans people with the ability to carry children can access the assisted human reproduction (AHR) in the public health system.
The measure was announced on July 6, 2018, coinciding with the celebration of LGTBI Pride, by former Government spokesperson Isabel Celaá, a few weeks after the entry into the Executive of Pedro Sánchez.
The forecast for its implementation at that time was “the first quarter of 2019,” according to Celaá at a press conference after the Council of Ministers, but the call for new elections, the Government’s agenda and the COVID-19 pandemic have finally gone postponing its approval.
Single women and lesbian women had access to public assisted reproduction since 2006 , through a regulation promulgated during the period as president of the ‘socialist’ José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
In November 2014, the Ministry of Health led by the ‘popular’ Ana Mato decided to restrict this right at the national level, although most of the autonomous communities decided on their own initiative to continue offering it despite the lack of legal security. Mato justified that “the lack of a man is not a medical problem.”
With the PP rule, the requirement to access assisted reproduction was to have fertility problems after “12 months of sexual intercourse with vaginal intercourse without the use of contraceptive methods.”
During the signing ceremony of the Ministerial Order at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health, attended by representatives of feminist and LGTBI groups, the minister defended that “these are rights that should never have been abolished . “
” Today is a day in which we take important steps to continue advancing, to continue improving people’s lives , to make people happy, with progressive and inclusive policies in which all people feel protagonists,” he said.
The minister has recognized that from the announcement of the recovery of this right in 2018 until its approval “it has cost time and also work.” “I know it has been a long process, but there have been numerous consultations with the autonomous communities, although some have continued with this provision as a complementary one. Today we signed a text that has all the guarantees to protect and expand rights. Spain is a benchmark world in public health and also in the rights of women and LGTBI groups “, he commented.
Thus, it has advanced that the “purpose” of the Executive is “to continue the path of the consolidation of rights, such as universal health, mental health, non-discrimination due to HIV, access to medicines without co-payments, free and safe abortion, to which trans people stop being considered as sick people … “. “The horizon awaits us. We will continue taking firm steps in that direction,” he added.
Along the same lines, the Director of Portfolio and Pharmacy of the Ministry of Health and main writer of the new text, Patricia Lacruz, has shown her “pride” in the recovery of this right, as well as her “recognition and gratitude” to the groups for his “tireless fight”.
“A historic day”
The president of the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans and Bisexuals (FELGTB), Uge Sangil, has pointed out that it is “a historic day.” “Today there is going to be a political moment that must be written in capital letters . It is one of those days in which you think that activism is worthwhile, that fatigue, tears, perseverance and strength make sense,” he intoned moved.
Sangil has acknowledged that “it has been difficult to get here . ” “Many things have happened and we have faced many crises, including pandemics, since we began to draft the text in 2018. This is what just causes have, which cost but arrive. Let no one doubt that expanding reproductive rights is expand human rights “, he has defended.
The representative of the group thanked Minister Darias for her work in approving this Ministerial Order. “Thank you for putting Spain back at the global forefront of human rights and for putting our Government and our country on the right side of history,” he concluded.
For her part, the PSOE deputy in the Madrid Assembly and activist for the rights of transgender people Carla Antonelli has described this approval as a “historic milestone.” ” As a trans woman and a democrat, resilient and survivor of the Franco regime, I am one of those who thinks and thinks that any moment is good to celebrate diversity , especially in these strange times,” he celebrated.
Thus, he has taken the opportunity to charge against hatred towards the group. “It seems incredible that in the middle of 2021 hate speeches continue to be heard, which incite violence in the streets and threaten us with overthrowing the diversity and equality laws in parliaments. All the rights won are liable to be taken away, but we are not going to lower your head, that’s never, nor will they steal our joy, “he proclaimed.
Thus, he has demanded that the administrations be “next to” the group and has applauded the performance of the minister. “It is not a simple signature, with a gesture of the hand you are going to make hundreds of thousands of people at a stroke of the pen obtain a new right that until now they did not have. You are going to expand dignity and equity with the stroke of the ballpoint pen,” he added.