Italy – Feminists protest against Meloni over abortion rights

By Federica Pascale |
 Nov 27, 2022

Feminists protested in Rome against new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, calling her a fascist and saying her government threatens the right to abortion in the country.

The protest aimed first at decrying the violence perpetrated against women and showing support for Iranian women but turned into denouncing Meloni’s government which protesters claimed threatened the right to abortion.


Italians march for abortion rights after far-right election victory

Sep 28, 2022

ROME (AP) — Italians marched through Rome, Milan and other cities Wednesday to protect access to abortion, which many fear will be under threat by a far-right party expected to form the next government after leading in parliamentary elections.

Waving banners reading “My body — My choice” and “Safe for All,” more than 1,000 people marched from Rome’s Esquilino neighborhood, and at least that many from Milan’s Central Station.


Women could be paid not to have abortion in northern Italy

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.


In Italy abortion is still a denied right

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.


Italian legal system forcing clandestine abortions

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:


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

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.


Italy: Thousands of Women Marched to Demand Pro-Choice Laws

Italy: Thousands of Women Marched to Demand Pro-Choice Laws

Published 27 May 2018

Thousands of Italian women marched across the country Saturday, under the banner, 'My Body, My Choice' to mark 40 years of the passing of the historic 1978 law, Law 194, which legalized abortion in a largely Catholic country.

The 194 law legalized the voluntary termination of pregnancy (VTP), however, the law, which has been criticized by women’s groups for restricting "self-determination", is being threatened by a growing far-right and anti-choice movement in the country as well as a neoliberal approach to the restructuring of the health system.