In Italy, there is no going back. In the aftermath of the shock sentence of the American Supreme Court against abortion, all parties are united in defending law 194 which since May 22, 1978 regulates the voluntary termination of pregnancy.
Also Emma Bonino, protagonist on the front line of the abortion battle and considered among the political leaders closest to Washington is very critical. At least in the field of rights, she states in several interviews, “for me this America is a great disappointment, which I have often been accustomed to considering at the forefront of certain battles”. And for the writer Dacia Maraini it is undoubtedly “a decision that steps back from human rights”.
The Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, he is convinced that what has happened obliges everyone to understand that we must not “consider progress as acquired forever. We must continue to fight every day so that we never go back”. On the same line the leader dem Enrico Letta, of course it is dangerous to think that “rights are something taken for granted”; and the leader of the Five Stars Giuseppe Conte: “the right to terminate a pregnancy is to be counted among the social achievements on which it is not possible to step back”, he warns. As well as Forza Italia is clear. Anna Maria Bernini defines the sentence as “a step back that will not have consequences in Italy: civil rights do not touch and the last word is always up to women, rescued by the 194 from the tragedy of clandestine abortions”.
Matteo Salvinifor his part, he reiterates that he is “personally for the defense of life from beginning to end but when it comes to abortion – he underlines – the last word belongs to the woman, not to others”. Giorgia Meloni, silent yesterday, consulted by ANSA explicitly stating its position, dismissing any controversy. Although at a recent rally in Spain he vigorously exclaimed “yes to the culture of life, no to the abyss of death”, this morning he clarifies that “raving” is anyone who thinks his party is working to abolish the law in order to attack it. Brothers of Italy, she observes, “will simply continue to ask, and operate, why the first part of the 194, relating to prevention, is applied, and to give women who want it a possibility of choice other than that, too often obliged, abortion “. But you, she warns, it would be profoundly wrong to make parallels or comparisons between the American affair and the situation in our country: “Whoever does it, probably, is in bad faith or has ideological objectives”.
In any case, from his words, there is no indignation towards a sentence that is causing very violent protests, not only in America. “The decision of the Court – observes Meloni – says that the US Constitution does not recognize a right to abortion and for this reason leaves the task of regulating abortion to individual states and their parliaments. It will be the elected representatives of the people who decide. a picture light years away from the Italian one, in which the termination of pregnancy is allowed not by virtue of a sentence but of a law passed by Parliament, under certain conditions and within a number of weeks. A very different scenario from the US one, in the which even discusses abortion in the ninth month or partial birth “.