Abortion Rates Continue to Decline in Italy. Vast Majority of Italian Gynecologists Refuse to Abort Unborn Babies
Rome, (Zenit.org). Between 80-90% of gynecologists in Italy are refusing to abort babies, while abortion rates are steadily declining, according to a recent report from the Italian government.
In a report by Italy’s Ministry of Health, it was found that abortion rates in Italy had dropped by 4.9 per cent (106,000 abortions in 2012, down from 111,000).
This decline is in part attributed to a law which permits health care workers to refuse to perform abortions on the basis of conscience.
A 2010 resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe declared that “no person shall be compelled to practice the removal of a child or an embryo, and no one may be discriminated against in any way as a result of his refusal to carry out abortions.”
The numbers of conscientious objectors in the health care field has increased, according to the report. Some 90% of gynecologists in Campania and 80% in Southern Italy are refusing to perform abortions.