In Fair Verona, Where Legal Abortion is at Risk

Abortion has been legal in Italy for decades, but willing gynecologists are getting harder to find in this deeply Catholic nation.

The number of Italian gynecologists who refuse to perform abortions climbed from 58.7% in 2005 to 70.9% in 2016.
Italy’s new populist government has raised concern that difficulties could mount. In Verona, an anti-abortion lobby stronghold, protesters opposed an anti-abortion motion in “Handmaid’s Tale” costumes—but the activists are up against “a targeted, well-planned agenda to turn back the clock on women’s rights,” says Silvana Agatone of the abortion rights group Laiga.


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