The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, announced this Wednesday in an appearance in Congress, in which she reported on the pending projects of her department, that the Government will repeal the reform of the abortion law introduced by the PP and that It prevented minors from interrupting pregnancy without parental authorization.
The Social Work Council calls the Parental Alienation Syndrome “false” and denounces its “indiscriminate” use
Huntsman has referred to the reform of the Abortion Law of 2010, with which he has re-committed himself by stating that his “intention” is to “start work” to modify the norm and repeal the reform that the PP introduced in 2015 to prevent 16 and 17-year-old girls from voluntarily interrupting their pregnancy without authorization from her parents, something that the first draft did contemplate.
In addition, the Government plans to include in the Law for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents against Violence, approved in first reading by the Council of Ministers last June, measures to “avoid” that “theoretical approaches or criteria without scientific endorsement that presume interference or manipulation flatters” such as the so-called Parental Alienation Syndrome (SAP) “can be taken into consideration.”
The childhood law is currently in the process of amendments in the Congress of Deputies, and the Executive has already announced that it would incorporate several joint meetings between PSOE and United We Can.
One of them will be the one that will try to put an end to the SAP, “one of the historical demands of feminism,” said Montero, who has worked together with the Vice Presidency of Social Rights and the Ministry of Justice. This supposed syndrome is sometimes used in judicial proceedings in which custody is adjudicated in favor of the fathers or mothers of the children and has a strong prevalence of application in cases of gender violence, mistreatment and abuse towards the children. minors. However, it has not been recognized by scientific organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association or the World Health Organization (WHO). It was devised by physician Richard Gardner in the 1980s, and according to his theory, one parent (most often the mother) alienates their children against the other in the context of a custody dispute.
In practice, the Parental Alienation Syndrome –through its official name or others that describe the same– is applied in sentences in which the judges who They use it and end up depriving women of custody of their sons and daughters. This has been confirmed by the Observatory against Domestic and Gender Violence of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), which in 2016 reinforced its recommendations not to use what he called “pseudo-scientific theory”. The agency expressed its concern that SAP is used “to blame women for reasonable fears or anguish of children towards their violent father.” Many of the sentences that allude to him conclude that the mother manipulates her sons or daughters against the father because they have verbalized a rejection of him. This same year, the General Council of Social Work (CGTS) has officially joined its opposition, qualifies it as a “false syndrome” that “looks like a scientist, but is not” and denounces its “indiscriminate application” that is causing “serious consequences”.
In this sense, the minister explained, the use of this theory in the judicial sphere ends up “invalidating from the start the testimony of a child or adolescent for presuming an adult interference by the mother. This, she continued, has” consequences. ” that “are extremely worrying” in regard to “impunity” in cases of sexist violence or abuse “and are unaffordable for a feminist government,” he has settled.
Reform of the abortion law and system of care
Irene Montero has also announced a series of measures to be promoted by the Ministry of Equality, several in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor. Thus, “in the coming weeks” the Council of Ministers will approve the two regulations on labor equality agreed between the majority unions and the Government at the end of July and which, among other things, oblige companies with more than 50 workers to carry out audits wages to avoid the gender gap. The minister also explained that both ministries are working on the draft of the next law of joint responsibility. The feminist agenda, Montero pointed out, “is now more urgent and necessary than ever”, in addition to “the heart to get out of this emergency in which we find ourselves.”
The promotion of a state care system, which he announced in a past appearance in Congress, has also been on the table during the appearance and Montero has recognized that although the ministry “has not been stopped and the work is going to bear fruit, we are not arriving on time. ” The “first step” towards the construction of this pact, whose objective is that “public policies do not turn their backs on care”, the minister said, will be “the remodeling of the dependency system” and “soon “, the universalization of education from 0 to 3 years. An issue that, according to the minister, is “central to eradicating inequality gaps” because “in addition to being an educational right for children, this first cycle of early childhood education has a specific impact on the employment of women.”
The Ministry of Equality is also immersed in the process of drawing up the new National Strategy to Combat Sexist Violence (2021-2025) “in order to guarantee the right of all women to live a life free of violence” and will promote the “Plan Spain protects you against sexist violence ”, which aims to extend comprehensive care services to all victims of sexist violence. Until now, services such as the 016 telephone number are aimed at women who suffer violence only in the sphere of their partner or ex-partner, which leaves out, for example, victims of sexual assaults. The idea of the Executive is that these women can also access this type of resources.
On the other hand, the minister has announced that the process of allegations of the Organic Law for the Comprehensive Protection of Sexual Freedom has ended half a year after the Council of Ministers approved the draft amidst a strong internal conflict in the Government itself. The rule finally went ahead on dates close to March 8 and, since then, “the contributions of dozens of civil society entities have been worked on, as well as the reports of the different organizations,” Montero said. Among the main novelties that have been incorporated, is the expansion of the object of the law to children in coordination with the Law against Violence against Children, the inclusion of “sexual femicide” and various measures in the field of prostitution.
As recently announced by Equality and Justice, the law will incorporate the so-called “locative third party”, which implies punishing the owners of the premises and clubs in which prostitution is practiced and enrich themselves with it. In addition, criminal measures will be accompanied by other social measures, specifically, a ‘Comprehensive National Plan: social, labor and economic’ will be approved that “guarantees” these rights “through comprehensive and individualized support” and “viable alternatives and repair “for these women. “We are willing to go further than ever to end the pimp industry,” said Montero.