Clandestine abortion is decriminalised in Italy but carries a fine

Publié le 28 Feb, 2016

The Italian Council of Ministers “has approved a legislative decree decriminalising clandestine abortion”. However, the decree suggests increasing the fine.  Previously, this was set at €50, but could be increased to €5 to 10 000. The decree “should be introduced by the Senate and the Italian Parliament between now and the summer”.


In Italy, recourse to clandestine abortion tends to be “favoured” given the fact that many doctors are conscientious objectors. Furthermore, women “opt for a clandestine approach” to avoid the one-week reflection period stipulated by law.  Similarly, they prefer “to turn to similar strategies” to remain anonymous.

Le quotidien du médecin (26/02/2016)

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