The law of ‘only yes is yes’ goes ahead with broad agreement when the PSOE backs down at the last moment


The Congress of Deputies is the most unpredictable place: this Wednesday morning, the law of ‘only yes is yes’ seemed mortally wounded by the socialist castling around prostitutionbut the tables have turned and the text has been approved in committee with broad parliamentary support in which they have not participated PP Y Vox.

The law of comprehensive guarantee of sexual freedom will finally not address the persecution of pimping or locative third party, the controversial aspect that has come to cast doubt on the approval of the norm, after the PSOE has given its approval to a transactional amendment agreed by United We Can, ERC, PNV, Bildu, the Plural Group, the CUP and Cs. And this has made it possible to save the legislation in extremis.

Vertigo in the Lower House

In the morning, the PSOE assured that it was not going to move from its abolitionist position, manifested through an amendment that toughened the wording on sexual exploitation. The parliamentary partners warned that they would vote no to this wording. The norm was in danger.

But a few minutes before the start of the Equality Commission in which the opinion of the law has been voted, the socialists withdrew their amendment and announced that They will register these measures tomorrow in Congress as a bill to continue its efforts to abolish the prostitution.

“The law of the only yes is yes is a commitment of the entire Government, also of the PSOE. (…) It is one of the most important laws of the legislature. It will always count on the PSOE. Combating violence against women is in the heart of our political agenda and for that reason and out of responsibility we are going to facilitate the adoption of this opinion“, has announced the deputy Laura Berja.

This movement, together with a transactional amendment to remove from the law the reform of article 187 of the Penal Code, on pimping and locative third party, has worked the miracle: the opinion has been approved with a vast support.

This was precisely the solution proposed by the Ministry of Equality to save the negotiation and a demand from a large number of parties since the project entered Congress: Cs, ERC, Bildu, JxCAT, the CUP and En Comú Podem requested its withdrawal. Finally, your request has been fulfilled.

“Only if it is yes, that is and should be the only leitmotif of this law. It is the only element that should have prevailed at the time of having legislated and made this law, the criterion that would unite us all at the time of propose the answer to a popular clamor, to an injustice and a need”, has summarized Joseba Andoni Agirretxea from the PNV.

So it will be, in the end. The law of comprehensive guarantee of sexual freedom will combat sexual violence, make consent the essential element in prosecuting sexual crimes and end the distinction between abuse and rape.

This initiative is the institutional response to a historical demand of the feminist movement, which became a unanimous cry as a result of the gang rape of a young woman during the Sanfermines.

Harsh criticism against the PSOE

The immobility of the socialists regarding the approach to sexual exploitation during the negotiation of the yes law has been the target of harsh criticism in the Equality Commissionwhere he has been criticized for not having been able to yield in recent weeks like the rest of the groups did.

The cup described his abolitionist position as “perverse”, Bildu his intransigence made him ugly for not having taken into account the consensus of the other groups even knowing that he could endanger the law; cs spoke of “narrow gaze” and “insistence on putting on political medals” and CKD he denounced that the PSOE has treated “the rest of the Government and the allies of the investiture in an undignified manner”.

“We have made a boast of a lack of feminism from theoretically feminist groups that makes me drop my face in shame,” said the ERC deputy Pilar Vallugera.

From the PSOE, the deputy Laura Berja has regretted that the work of the presentation has been very hard and that the PSOE has suffered “accusations of all kinds” for defending the abolition of prostitution as an “inalienable priority“.

“The PSOE has all its deputies with the yes to this law from the beginning. Everyone has put this law at risk except the PSOE. (…) Who puts a law at risk is the one who threatens to vote against it” , has justified.

The socialists will try to turn the law into the fight against sexual exploitation

Although they have yielded so that the law goes ahead, they have warned that that does not mean that they back down in their political position against prostitution.

“Are we going to continue looking the other way in the face of the cruelty that we have concentration camps for women on Spanish roads?” asked deputy Berja.

To stage the commitment of the PSOE with the abolition of prostitution They will register this Thursday a legislative proposal in the Lower House with the measures that contained their controversial amendments: Reform article 187 of the Penal Code to punish all types of pimping and the rental of premises to practice prostitution.

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Specifically, they will ask that anyone who, with the intention of profiting, “promotes, favors or facilitates the prostitution of another person, even with the consent of the same” be punished and that the rental of spaces where prostitution is practiced be persecuted. .

“We will keep our position on pimping intact, it will not go unpunished. You will have to explain why you do not want to pursue it,” Berja demanded.



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