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Italy's legal loophole saw woman denied abortion by 23 different hospitals


Italy's legal loophole saw woman denied abortion by 23 different hospitals
RT

Abortion is legal in Italy up to 90 days, with exceptions for pregnancies where the woman’s life is at risk or the foetus is badly harmed. Women who are caught availing of abortions after the 90-day limit are fined as much as €10,000 as a result of new sanctions introduced last February.The 1978 rule legalizing abortion contains a loophole allowing doctors to refuse to carry out terminations for religious or personal reasons, which has created a large number of doctors who are conscientious objectors. According to data collected by the Italian Department of Health, close to 80 percent of doctors in the Veneto region refuse to carry out abortion. Nationwide, 70 percent of doctors are conscientious objectors.The woman was only able to finally access an abortion when trade union Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL) intervened, allowing her to get an abortion at Pauda’s main hospital, which had previously refused her request.

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