Italian abortion law could be revised, says minister

Italy’s law permitting abortion might be up for revision, an Italian Cabinet minister suggested, after a Vatican-backed voter boycott this week helped defeat efforts to ease restrictions on assisted procreation and embryo research.

“Today’s Italy has proven to be different from that of yesterday, more attentive to the values of the Catholic tradition,” Regional Affairs Minister Enrico La Loggia was quoted as saying in an interview published today in the newspaper La Stampa.

“These principles for the protection of life that are being affirmed today must be taken into account.”

La Loggia said revision of the abortion law would not occur in the immediate future, but added: “I don’t rule out opening a reflection on that to see if everything worked well, to see if it’s possible to push toward solutions that are more apt for today.”

Abortion during the first three months of pregnancy has been legal in Italy since 1978. The law survived several attempts to overturn it, including a referendum backed by the Vatican in 1981.

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