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Thousands take to streets in Rome for 10th Italian March for Life

On 22 May, thousands of pro-life activists took to the streets of Rome for the 10th Marcia per la Vita (March for Life), with many more watching via livestream.

Virginia Coda Nunziante, the President of the march’s organising committee, said “We affirm the intangibility of innocent human life, from conception to natural death, because we are convinced that nothing is irreversible in history”.

Many leading figures in the Italian pro-life movement also publicly addressed the rally.

Jacopo Coghe, vice president of Pro Vita e Famiglia said: “[We are] here to say yes to life and freedom… we are here to ask that the first of human rights be recognised: the right to life of every human being endangered by abortion”.

He went on: “We are also here to protest against the directives of Minister Speranza who during the pandemic effectively liberalised abortion at home… A decision that… will leave women even more alone in the face of pregnancy, further exposing them to serious risks for physical and mental health”. 

Mario Adinolfi, journalist and President of “Il Popolo della Famiglia” (The People of Family) said: “To meet women and their condition of possible difficulty, the Popolo della Famiglia has been proposing maternity income for years: we are sure that through this tool tens of thousands of children could be saved every year”.

Abortion in Italy

Abortion was legalised in Italy in 1978. Women are permitted to terminate a pregnancy up to 90 days (12 weeks) gestation, de facto on request. After a period of 90 days, abortions are only permitted if a women’s life is at risk or the baby has been diagnosed with a disability, but this must pose a serious danger to the physical or psychological health of the woman. 

Italian law also recognises the right of medics to conscientiously object to performing abortion procedures. 

Apart from in cases of medical emergency, there is a seven-day waiting period between medical authorisation of an abortion and the date of the procedure itself. Parental consent is required for teenage girls who are ages 18 or below.

In 2018, Italy recorded 76,328 abortions. Italy has a population of around 60 million people. To put this number in perspective, England and Wales have a similar population size of around 59 million, but the number of abortions performed there in 2018 was 205,295.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “It is wonderful to see so many enthusiastic pro-lifers take to the streets at such a critical time for Italy and the world, as abortion access has expanded throughout the pandemic. The pro-life movement depends on those people who are willing to publicly and courageously demonstrate their values”.

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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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