Italian activists sound the alarm on abortion rights after Meloni’s victory

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As Giorgia Meloni is set to become Italy’s first female prime minister, some activists in the country are worried about what it could mean for abortion rights.

During her election campaign, Meloni said she “wouldn’t touch” the abortion law. She added that her party “just wants [people] know that there are other options.

According to Emma Bonino, leader of the More Europe party and abortion rights activist of the 1970s, Meloni is unlikely to criminalize abortion. But Bonino added that she could “push for the law to be ignored” instead.

“There are whole regions where… gynecologists are all conscientious objectors,” Bonino said, referring to the Marche region in central Italy, among other places.

For two years, Meloni’s far-right Brothers of Italy party has controlled the region.

One of the first measures he adopted was to restrict abortions, limiting access to the procedure from nine weeks pregnant to just seven weeks.

And many health professionals in the region are now refusing to help terminate a pregnancy. Italian law allows them to refuse to perform the procedure.

“I called several people, on the phone they said ‘call this doctor.’ ‘That one isn’t here.'”We don’t have an appointment, later,” said a woman from the town of Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region.

“I called in other towns from Pesaro, to Ancona. Nobody wanted to prescribe me an abortion pill. I saw the days go by and I was desperate.”

And his story is not unique.

“We have a lot of stories like this, too,” said a woman from the area’s family planning office.

“Elsewhere, women are forced to move to another region, have an abortion illegally, go abroad or even not have an abortion.”

It has also been difficult to get an abortion in Umbria, where the right-wing Lega came to power.

At a hospital in Perugia, which is in the Umbria region, 80% of its doctors refuse to perform the procedure.

Other people also fear their rights will be curtailed after Meloni’s victory, such as the country’s LGBTQ+ and migrant communities.

She has previously spoken out against LGBTQ+ rights and mass migration.

In a speech in June, Meloni said: “Yes to natural families, no to the LGBT lobby! Yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology! Yes to the culture of life, no to the abyss of death !”

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