A government-appointed panel of experts has recommended Spain ease its restrictions on abortion and allow the procedure on demand up to 14 weeks.

The current law allows abortion up to 12 weeks in cases of rape and 22 weeks in cases of fetal malformation.

It allows abortion at any stage if a doctor certifies a woman's physical or mental health is at risk.

Abortion would be allowed on demand up to 14 weeks, and up to 22 weeks if a doctor certifies a serious threat to the health of the mother or malformation of the fetus.

Beyond 22 weeks, it would only be allowed when doctors detect fetal malformation they deem incompatible with life.

Spain is expected to present an abortion reform bill before the summer.