Abortion in Italy, a Right Wronged

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Abortion in Italy, a Right Wronged

By ILARIA MARIA SALA
NOV. 13, 2017

Late last month, Cosimo Borraccino, a left-wing member of the regional council for Apulia, in southern Italy, proposed passing a local law to require the enforcement of national legislation granting women access to abortion. His opponents on the council, mostly from center-right parties, said the bill was unnecessary and that Mr. Borraccino was “slamming into a wall of self-evidence.”

Yet when it comes to reproductive rights in Italy, respect of the law is anything but self-evident. In fact, 9 out of 10 gynecologists in Apulia refuse to perform abortions, even though the right to obtain one has been legal since 1978. Nationwide statistics are only slightly less staggering: Seven out of 10 gynecologists in Italy won’t terminate a pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/opinion/abortion-italy-conscientious-objectors.html

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Abortion in Italy Is Legal but Sometimes Difficult to Obtain

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Abortion in Italy Is Legal but Sometimes Difficult to Obtain
We visited the country to find out why.
Lucia Benavides
Sep 12, 2017

Valentina Milluzzo was five months pregnant when she died in a Sicilian hospital in October after her family claimed her doctor refused to perform an abortion that could have potentially saved her life.

Milluzzo, 32, was carrying twins and was first hospitalized in Catania after complications with her pregnancy. According to The Guardian, she gave birth to a stillborn baby and then became ill. Her family claims her doctor refused to remove the other fetus because he objected to abortions and the second fetus still had a "viable heartbeat." Milluzzo died soon after of septic shock. (The hospital has disputed the family's account, saying that though all of the doctors at the hospital were "conscientious objectors" to abortion, "other specialists could technically have been called in if required," according to The Guardian.) Her case is one of many highlighting the struggle to access abortion in Italy.

Continued at source: Teen Vogue: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/abortion-in-italy-is-legal-but-sometimes-difficult-to-obtain

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Refusal to Treat Patients Does Not Work in Any Country—Even If Misleadingly Labelled “Conscientious Objection”

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Letter to the Editor: Refusal to Treat Patients Does Not Work in Any Country—Even If Misleadingly Labelled “Conscientious Objection”

On September 6, 2017 · In Perspectives
Christian Fiala and Joyce H. Arthur

We would like to point out some serious problems and contradictions in the study “Regulation of Conscientious Objection to Abortion: An International Comparative Multiple-Case Study,” by Wendy Chavkin, Laurel Swerdlow, and Jocelyn Fifield (Health and Human Rights Journal, vol. 19, no. 1, 2017).

The study purports to show that it is possible to accommodate health care providers’ “conscientious objection” (CO) to legal abortion while assuring that women with an unwanted pregnancy have access to health care services. The researchers examined four countries—England, Italy, Portugal, and Norway—all Western democracies with laws that allow CO for abortion. They conclude that England, Norway, and Portugal are able to permit CO by law and still provide and fund abortion care. Italy is the major exception, where access to legal abortion is seriously compromised due to a very high number of objectors.

Continued at source: Health & Human Rights Journal: https://www.hhrjournal.org/2017/09/letter-to-the-editor-refusal-to-treat-patients-does-not-work-in-any-country-even-if-misleadingly-labelled-conscientious-objection/

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Swedish anti-abortion midwife goes to European court over discrimination

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Swedish anti-abortion midwife goes to European court over discrimination

By AFP
14th April 2017

A Swedish anti-abortion midwife is going to the European Court of Human Rights after being denied employment in her country, her lawyer said on Thursday.

Ellinor Grimmark says she cannot carry out abortions because of her Christian faith and that she's been discriminated against by several clinics because of it.

The case has sparked a fierce debate in Sweden, one of the most liberal countries in the world, where abortion rates are among the highest in Europe and religious faith one of the lowest.

Continued at source: New Vision: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1451079/swedish-anti-abortion-midwife-goes-european-court-discrimination

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Australia: This Woman’s Doctor Refused Her Abortion Because She Was “Meant To Be A Mother”

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This Woman’s Doctor Refused Her Abortion Because She Was “Meant To Be A Mother”
"His response horrified me."

Posted on April 09, 2017, 04:06 GMT
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Adelaide financial advisor Tamsyn*, 46, fell pregnant while using the contraceptive pill at age 31 and living in Queensland, where abortion remains in the criminal code.

The procedure is only lawful in Queensland if performed so as to “prevent serious danger to the woman’s physical or mental health” but around 14,000 terminations take place there every year involving women who meet the criteria or have doctors who are willing to say they do.

"I knew immediately that I couldn't have a baby, I needed an abortion," Tamsyn told BuzzFeed News.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/this-womans-doctor-refused-her-abortion

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Norway: Doctor lost lawsuit after she denied patients IUD

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Doctor lost lawsuit after she denied patients IUD

Posted By: Tor Ingar Oesterud
9 February 2017

Historic ruling in Norway.

The doctor, Katarzyna Jachimowicz, was fired after refuse to insert the birth control IUD (Intrauterine Device) for women. The IUD is a common birth control amongst women and need to be put in by a doctor.

Jachimowicz filed a case against her employer Sauherad municipality for wrongful termination. But the Court ruled in her disfavour and she lost.

Continued at source: Norway Today: http://norwaytoday.info/news/doctor-lost-lawsuit-dined-patients-uid/

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Canada: Woman’s request for late-term abortion blocked by MUHC

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Late abortion in low-risk pregnancy against McGill University Health Centre values, ethics committee ruled

By Salimah Shivji, Benjamin Shingler, CBC News.
Posted: Dec 20, 2016

A Montreal woman says she had to fight for a late-term abortion after the McGill University Health Centre's ethics committee blocked her request, raising questions about access to the procedure in Quebec.

The woman was in her third trimester, 30 weeks pregnant, when she and her partner found out there were abnormalities with the fetus.

After numerous tests at different hospitals, she decided she'd rather have an abortion, but the MUHC refused.

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Source: CBC.ca

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