ANSA, Corriere della Sera: Rome’s San Camillo Hospital’s call for two abortion doctors to solve widespread conscientious objection is “not envisaged” by the law but hospitals can ask regional governments to complete “specific individual services”, Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin (NCD, EPP) said Wednesday, stressing that conscientious objection is respected in Italy.
Nicola Zingaretti (Partito Democratico, S&D), Lazio Governor, wanted this selection to make sure Italy’s abortion law is upheld. At San Camillo Hospital around 2,400 abortions are performed every year.
Also Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) slammed the planned hiring of two gynecologists at the San Camillo on a contract that reportedly envisages their dismissal if they refuse to perform abortions because it is against their consciences. “Objection was a right that must be preserved,” Bishops say.