Italian doctors refuse to do abortions, citing conscientious objection

By Sarah Terzo

A pro-choice book reveals that there is an abortionist shortage in Italy. The book says:

“In Sicily, 87.6% of gynecologists refuse to perform [abortions], citing conscientious objection.

Research by pro-choice Italian doctor Silvana Agatone found that of over 10,000 gynecologists in Italy, only 1200 performed abortions. She and many other pro-choice doctors are nearing retirement, and she worries about the rise in the numbers of young doctors claiming conscientious objection…

Once a week doctors travel from Milan or Rome to Ascoli Piceno in east central Italy to perform abortions in the city hospital, where there is not a single gynecologist who will perform them.”

Judith Orr, Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2017), pp. 34 – 35.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.