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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

Thanks to the support from people like you, last year a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on five separate fronts:

  1. Pro-abortion MP Rupa Huq has brought forward an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce a jail term of up to two years if a pro-lifer offers support or advice to a woman near an abortion clinic. This is a threat to unborn babies and to freedom of speech.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  5. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during this period, we must raise at least £200,000.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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