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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.

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Dear reader

In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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