And the surprise is that this is in the MSM :eek:
**Big rise in Italian doctors refusing to perform abortions: ministry **
Nearly 70 percent of Italian gynecologists now refuse to perform abortions on moral grounds and the number is increasing, a report by the country’s ministry of health said Tuesday.
Abortion was legalised in 1978 in Italy but pressure from the Vatican – which is strongly opposed to abortion – enabled doctors to claim a “conscientious objection” clause and refuse to carry out terminations.
Between 2003 and 2007 the number of gynecologists claiming the conscience clause to avoid carrying out abortions rose from 58.7 percent to 69.2 percent, according to the report.