Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
MILAN

70% of Italy's gynecologists refuse to perform abortions

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(ANSA) - Milan, October 9 - Abortions may be falling in
Italy, but much of that trend may be influenced by the high
number of medical personnel who refuse to perform them, a study
suggested Tuesday.
The number of conscientious objectors among Italy's
gynecologists rose from 58.7% in 2005 to 70.7% in 2009 and
remained nearly stable at 69.3% in 2010, according to a
parliamentary report Health Minister Renato Balduzzi submitted
on Tuesday.
Conscientious objectors among Italy's anesthesiologists
rose from 45.7% in 2005 to 50.8% in 2010.
Non-medical personnel refusing to facilitate abortions rose
from 38.6% to 44.7% in the same period.
The trend is particularly acute in southern Italy, where in
some regions the percentage of gynecologists who will not
perform abortions is over 80%.
For anesthesiologists, the highest percentage of abstainers
are in Sicily, at 78.1%.
Regions least resistant to abortion appear to be Tuscany
and the northwestern region of Valle D'Aosta, where 27.7% and
26.3% of anesthesiologists avoid abortion procedures,
respectively.

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