Italy: Thousands protest against anti-abortion conference

Italy: Thousands protest against anti-abortion conference
Pro-choice activists took to the streets of Verona to protest an anti-abortion conference attended by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. His coalition partner Luigi Di Maio described anti-abortion rhetoric as medieval.

31.03.2019

Tens of thousands of people marched through the northern Italian city of Verona on Saturday to protest an international anti-abortion conference.

The three-day meeting organized by the US-based World Congress of Families (WCF) started on Friday and featured Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as Saturday's key speaker.

Continued: https://www.dw.com/en/italy-thousands-protest-against-anti-abortion-conference/a-48131965

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Conservative congress on family divides Italy

Conservative congress on family divides Italy

The Associated Press
Published: March 30, 2019

VERONA, Italy — A congress in Italy under the auspices of a U.S. organization that defines family as strictly centring around a mother and father has made Verona — the city of Romeo and Juliet — the backdrop for a culture clash over family values, with a coalition of civic groups mobilizing against what they see as a counter-reform movement to limit LGBT and women’s rights.

The World Congress of Families, which runs through Sunday, has revealed another rift in Italy’s governing coalition, as well as providing a platform for ultra-conservatives seeking to reopen the debate over abortion, legalized in Italy in 1978.

Continued: https://o.canada.com/pmn/news-pmn/conservative-congress-on-family-divides-italy/wcm/0f025cb5-08fb-4610-bf4b-f2c475f6e154

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Allowing adoption of embryos ‘would attack Italy’s abortion rights’

Allowing adoption of embryos 'would attack Italy’s abortion rights’

by Lillo Montalto Monella & Alice Tide
28/03/2019

A bid by one of Italy's ruling populist parties to recognise the legal rights of embryos and allow unborn children to be adopted has been denounced by critics who say it is an assault on the country's decades-old abortion law.

The proposal is back in the spotlight ahead of a global conference in Verona that seeks to defend the concept of family in society.

Continued: https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/28/allowing-adoption-of-embryos-would-attack-italy-s-abortion-rights

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Italy’s Right Links Low Birthrate to Fight Against Abortion and Migration

Italy’s Right Links Low Birthrate to Fight Against Abortion and Migration

By Jason Horowitz
March 27, 2019

VERONA — In a City Hall office decorated with ultrasound images of his children, a Crucifix and nesting dolls of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Mayor Federico Sboarina explained why he had sought to make Verona the first “Pro-Life City” in Italy.

“This is the city of love, the city of Romeo and Juliet,” he said, “and the fruit of love is life.”

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/world/europe/italy-verona-salvini-world-congress-of-families.html

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World Congress of Families Descends on Africa

By Cole Parke, on September 15, 2016

Next week, the World Congress of Families (WCF) will host a regional conference in Nairobi, Kenya. For several years, PRA has tracked and reported on the WCF’s role in the U.S. Religious Right’s global export of homophobia and sexism, and the organization’s increasing focus on Africa is of grave concern.

WCF’s international convenings function as key sites of right-wing strategy development and dissemination. From its headquarters in Rockford, Illinois, WCF and its member organizations use deceptive “pro-family” rhetoric to promote conservative ideologies that dictate who counts as “family,” and who doesn’t (that is, any and all “nontraditional” families such as those constructed by single parents, same-sex couples, grandparents, non-biological guardians, etc.). These ideologies are then codified into regressive laws and policies that criminalize LGBTQ people and abortion, condoning and promoting the ongoing persecution, oppression, and violence experienced by women and LGBTQ people around the world.

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Source: Political Research Associates

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