Conscientious objection a controversial issue in Italy’s abortion regime

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels It may come as a surprise, but a relatively liberal abortion regime has existed in Italy since 1978. Law 194 was introduced following a determined campaign by women’s groups, but also due to the rise in illegal abortions. In 1981 there was a move by Catholic groups, supported by the church, to overturn the law, but it was defeated by nearly 68% in a referendum. A second referendum saw support for legal abortion rise …