Issued on: 14/06/2022
Rome (AFP) – For 40 years, gynaecologist Michele Mariano has been the only person performing abortions in Italy's conservative Molise region. He has delayed retiring twice because no one will replace him, many refusing to terminate pregnancies as conscientious objectors.
It's an extreme example, but emblematic of a wider issue in Italy, where abortion up to 90 days after conception has been legal since 1978 -- but many healthcare providers don't offer them.
June 9, 2022
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Abortion has been legal in Italy for more than 40 years. But most doctors refuse to perform them, making it difficult to find a provider. As in America, women in Italy fear this right will go away.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
An expected Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade has many Americans comparing U.S. abortion laws to other countries. Abortion in Italy has been legal for more than 40 years. It was allowed after a hard fight in a heavily Catholic country. Adam Raney reports from Rome that the fight isn't over.
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From Nazi Germany to Mussolini's Italy, fascist regimes shared an early target: Women.
"The fascists passed laws criminalizing abortion both for doctors performing, for people providing information for women seeking," professor Anne Wingenter says.
Piedmont far-right councillor’s proposal for €4,000 payment sparks condemnation
Angela Giuffrida in Rome
Thu 14 Apr 2022
Pregnant women in the northern Italian region of Piedmont could be paid €4,000 (£3,300) not to have an abortion under a proposal submitted by a far-right councillor, sparking condemnation from opposition parties and women’s groups.
Maurizio Marrone, regional councillor for social policies, foresees the region giving €400,000 to anti-abortion associations, which in turn would make the money available to 100 women to entice them not to abort.
February 13, 2022
by James Reno
In January, the regional councilor Marco Grimaldi presented a question that proposes to address a very delicate issue for Piedmont (and more generally for Italy), namely that of objecting doctors and the difficulties that more and more women encounter when they decide to have an abortion .
The situation is well exemplified by the Ciriè hospital, a town a few kilometers from Turin, where nine out of nine gynecologists are conscientious objectors and, consequently, the right to abortion is systematically denied.
Italy legalised abortion more than 40 years ago but many doctors refuse to perform the procedure
By Alvise Armellini
26 July 2021
An Italian doctor has postponed his retirement because there is no one else to carry out abortions in his region.
Italy legalised abortion more than 40 years ago but many of the doctors who work for the national health service refuse to perform the procedure.
Despite legislation, far-right politicians and religious organisations have entrenched ways to deny women their right to an abortion and shame those who do terminate a pregnancy.
By: Alex Čizmić
5 May 2021
There are laws that are enacted to bring about real-life change. There are others that are pushed through simply to give the illusion of progress. The latter seems to be the case in Italy with Law 194/78.
This legislation from 22 May 1978 decriminalises and regulates the procedure for accessing an abortion but, according to a report by the minister of health published in 2019 on the implementation of the law, conscientious objection among gynaecologists reached 68.4% on average with peaks of 100% in certain hospitals.
The law in Italy has made it difficult for women to have freedom of choice in the matter of abortion, some resorting to dangerous methods, writes Francesco Bertolucci.
By Francesco Bertolucci
17 April 2021
IN ITALY, almost 70% of the total number of gynaecologists deny the possibility of performing abortions because of their religious beliefs. This is an option guaranteed to doctors by Law 194 of 1978, which regulated access to abortion and decriminalised it. Until that year, anyone who procured or caused an abortion was liable to penalties ranging from six months to 12 years' imprisonment.
Silvana Agatone, gynaecologist and president of Laiga, a free Italian association of gynaecologists, spoke about the application of Law 194:
Catholic and conservative groups are slowly chipping away at abortion rights in Italy, where abortion has been legal since 1978.
November 11, 2020
By Lucía Benavides
A recently discovered cemetery of aborted fetuses where the names of the women who had had abortions appeared on crosses has sparked outrage across Italy.
Retired gynecologist Silvana Agatone says the cemetery discovery renewed a conversation about growing anti-abortion sentiments in Italy, despite the practice being legal since 1978. Although every public hospital is required to provide abortions, she says only about 64% of them do.
Riccardo Antoniucci and Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, October 20, 2020
ROME -- Italian prosecutors and the government's privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up on crosses over graves for the fetuses in a Rome cemetery.
Rights groups have denounced the grave markings as a gross violation of the women's privacy, which is protected by the 1978 law that legalized abortion in Italy. While regulations require burial of a fetus after 20 weeks, women who have complained said they never knowingly consented to the burials, much less to having their names put on crosses.