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Italian Government removes safeguards arounds medical abortion process

The Italian Government has announced women will be able to take medical abortion pills up to the ninth week of pregnancy and without the safeguard of being monitored by healthcare professionals in a hospital afterwards.

Previously, women in Italy could only take medical abortion drugs, up to the seventh week of pregnancy, following which they would be monitored for three days within an inpatient hospital setting.

Now, women will be able to take medical abortion pills in a “day hospital” and leave 30 minutes later.

‘An important step forward’?

The change in guidance was announced by Italy’s Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, in a tweet.

According to AP, Italy’s Deputy Health Minister, Sandra Zampa, has been quoted as saying it was time to review the guidelines given that a decade of experience had shown the drug could be safely administered without hospitalisation.

‘A human life is at stake’

The President of the Italian pro-life group Movement for Life, Marina Casini, has stated that the Government’s change in guidelines trvialise the loss of a baby’s life and are being pushed through for economic reasons.

Conservative lawmaker Giorgia Meloni blasted the new guidelines as a step back for women and that the change deprives women of necessary psychological and medical care.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.