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Conscientious objection in Italy
  1. Francesca Minerva
  1. Correspondence to Dr Francesca Minerva, University of Melbourne, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria 3050, Australia; francesca.minerva{at}unimelb.edu.au

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The law regulating abortion in Italy gives healthcare practitioners the option to make a conscientious objection to activities that are specific and necessary to an abortive intervention. Conscientious objectors among Italian gynaecologists amount to about 70%. This means that only a few doctors are available to perform abortions, and therefore access to abortion is subject to constraints. In 2012 the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) lodged a complaint against Italy to the European Committee of Social Rights, claiming that the inadequate protection of the right to access abortion implies a violation of the right to health. In this paper I will discuss the Italian situation with respect to conscientious objection to abortion and I will suggest possible solutions to the problem.

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