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Italy: Thousands rally in Rome to mark International Safe Abortion Day03:43

Italy: Thousands rally in Rome to mark International Safe Abortion Day

Italy, Rome
September 29, 2022 at 07:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of women marched in Rome on Wednesday, defending abortion rights in Italy, marking International Safe Abortion Day.

Protesters can be seen holding banners claiming that the possible rise to power of Giorgia Meloni could complicate this right.

"The presence of a person like Giorgia Meloni in the government, who will surely not abolish Law 194 as she has declared because it is unconstitutional and she will not be able to do so, but as she has done in the past and as she has done lately, she will continue to finance pro-life associations," says Alessia, an activist.

Although Meloni has said she would not repeal the abortion law in Italy, protesters warn that the risks of the measure are high.

"We have conquered the right to abortion, but we have seen that it is not perennial. We have seen that it has happened in the United States and it has happened in Poland. And in Malta and Andorra, you practically go to jail if you abort," Gabriella said.

Abortion has been legal in Italy since 1978 for up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to 5 months in case of medical abortion.

International Safe Abortion Day is celebrated on September 28. It was first celebrated in 1990 as a day of action for the decriminalisation of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Thousands of women marched in Rome on Wednesday, defending abortion rights in Italy, marking International Safe Abortion Day.

Protesters can be seen holding banners claiming that the possible rise to power of Giorgia Meloni could complicate this right.

"The presence of a person like Giorgia Meloni in the government, who will surely not abolish Law 194 as she has declared because it is unconstitutional and she will not be able to do so, but as she has done in the past and as she has done lately, she will continue to finance pro-life associations," says Alessia, an activist.

Although Meloni has said she would not repeal the abortion law in Italy, protesters warn that the risks of the measure are high.

"We have conquered the right to abortion, but we have seen that it is not perennial. We have seen that it has happened in the United States and it has happened in Poland. And in Malta and Andorra, you practically go to jail if you abort," Gabriella said.

Abortion has been legal in Italy since 1978 for up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to 5 months in case of medical abortion.

International Safe Abortion Day is celebrated on September 28. It was first celebrated in 1990 as a day of action for the decriminalisation of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean.