Italian doctors saying no to abortion

Nearly 70% of Italian gynecologists are now refusing to perform abortions, citing moral grounds. And the number is growing. See this:

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.

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bruce

    Well, that leaves 30% to conduct the abortions. How many gynecologists does Italy have? I would guess that 30% of a country’s gyn-docs could handle the demand. What percentage of American gyn-docs actually do abortions? That would be an interesting statistic, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the number were even lower than 30%, given the numbers of docs here.

    The RISE in percentage is encouraging. I wonder what is prompting it? I’m just cynical enough to suspect either money, prestige, or the threat of lawsuit might be behind the rise. It would be nice if it were simply ethics.

  • Bruce

    Well, that leaves 30% to conduct the abortions. How many gynecologists does Italy have? I would guess that 30% of a country’s gyn-docs could handle the demand. What percentage of American gyn-docs actually do abortions? That would be an interesting statistic, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the number were even lower than 30%, given the numbers of docs here.

    The RISE in percentage is encouraging. I wonder what is prompting it? I’m just cynical enough to suspect either money, prestige, or the threat of lawsuit might be behind the rise. It would be nice if it were simply ethics.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Sounds like good news!

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Sounds like good news!

  • http://missionarybroadcasting.com Chris

    Very good news for Italy. I wonder what the numbers look like in the United States or other countries in Western Europe? I have seen several other studies that show a drop in abortion support overall. Let’s hope the trend continues.

  • http://missionarybroadcasting.com Chris

    Very good news for Italy. I wonder what the numbers look like in the United States or other countries in Western Europe? I have seen several other studies that show a drop in abortion support overall. Let’s hope the trend continues.


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