ITALY – 10,000 abortion rights supporters protest against anti-abortion conference

Pro-choice activists took to the streets of Verona on 31 March to protest against a US-funded anti-abortion conference attended by Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, whose coalition partner Luigi Di Maio described anti-abortion rhetoric as medieval. Vice Premier Salvini did say, however, that the question of legalised abortion is not on the government’s agenda. Academics and political liberals came out against the Congress, and a coalition of some 30 civic organisations collected 147,000 signatures to … Continued

ITALY – United Against Hate – Making Verona a Trans-Feminist City

National and international women’s and feminists’ associations are organising three days of activism in Verona, Italy, in opposition to the 2019 World Congress of Families, which is the world’s biggest gathering of international anti-abortion and anti-LGBT rights activists and their political allies. In 2018, Verona’s local council passed a municipal motion “to prevent abortion” and allow public money to fund anti-abortion groups and dissuade women from ending pregnancies. Italy’s interior minister and deputy premier Matteo Salvini, from the … Continued

ITALY – A revolt born in Verona

  The Italian feminist movement is mobilising to oppose the government coalition on the subject of abortion. The first protests took place in Verona in October, after the city adopted a motion to finance anti-abortion organisations and make it a so-called pro-life city by preventing abortions. Then a demonstration took place in Rome to denounce repeated attacks on women’s rights. An extreme right party, the League, is in power, in coalition with the 5 Stars … Continued

ITALY – Thousands of women march to demand pro-choice laws

This article opens: “Ireland will hold a referendum on 25 May… But tough law is not always needed to actually restrict access to abortion: in some countries where abortion is legal, women face increasing problems to access it because non-objecting gynaecologists are simply not available.” Italy is one of the few countries that keeps a record of doctors who refuse to do abortions, which have been legally guaranteed since 1978. Over the past 20 years, … Continued

Italy: Non Una Dí Meno

  In Milan there will be a gathering with speeches, live music, dancing to celebrate International Safe Abortion Day and denounce: – Regional government policies that promote conscientious objection in hospitals and consultants – The media narrative of gender violence that constitutes a further violence against women #Liberedi #Obiezionerespinta There will also be events in Rome, Genoa, Bologna and many other cities! More information can be found here

Obstetrician-gynaecologists’ perspectives on abortion stigma in Italy and Spain

This article explores obstetricians-gynaecologists’ experiences and attitudes towards abortion, based on two mixed-methods studies respectively undertaken in Italy in 2011–2012, and in Spain (Cataluña) in 2013–2015. Short questionnaires and in-depth interviews were conducted with 54 obstetricians-gynaecologists at 4 hospitals providing abortion care in Rome and Milan, and with 23 obstetricians-gynaecologists at 2 hospitals and one clinic providing abortion care in Barcelona.

Resolution by the Committee of Ministers, Council of Europe, on abortion-related discrimination in Italy

On 6 July, the Committee of Ministers under the European Social Charter adopted several resolutions after organisations filed formal complaints that women seeking abortions, and medical practitioners providing them, were being discriminated against in Italy.

Council of Europe criticises Italy over difficulty in obtaining abortions

The Council of Europe’s Social Rights Committee said Italy is violating women’s rights due to the serious difficulties they face in trying to obtain safe abortions because as many as 70% of doctors refuse to carry out the procedure.

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