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Debate over abortion pill erupts again in Italy

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Debate over abortion pill erupts again in Italy


In Italy, a row has broken out over the availability of the abortion drug, known as RU 486.

Two newly elected conservative regional officials say they’re going to stop the distribution of the so-called abortion pill.

But Roberto Cota, the Northern League President of Piedmont, says his position is in line with the law.

A view backed by his Northern League colleague, Luca Zaia, the new president of the Veneto region, who says he’ll never give approval for the drug to be bought or used in his region’s hospitals.

The drug was legalised last year but the Vatican and many pro-life groups continue to condemn the pill’s availability to women.

The drug can be administered by doctors in Italian hospitals but cannot be sold in pharmacies.

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