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Medical abortion becomes available in Italy

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2001 (Published 12 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2001
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

    Medical abortion became available across Italy last week after a 15 year battle between women’s groups and the Catholic church, which has split the country’s medical profession down the middle.

    But while the major regions of Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, and Lombardy finally made the procedure available, others seemed to be dragging their heels.

    And within hours of the first mifepristone pill (also known as RU486) being given on Thursday there was fresh controversy when the 29 year old recipient discharged herself from the clinic in the southern city of Bari, in contravention of guidelines stating that the patient must stay in hospital for the duration of medical abortion.

    The health ministry …

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