August 1, 2009

Italy approves abortion pill over Vatican objections


As Italy authorised the use of the abortion pill Mifepristone, the Vatican threatened to excommunicate doctors who prescribe it and women who take the pill. After a heated four-hour session, Italy’s drug regulation agency announced its decision on Saturday following opposition from the church and Catholic politicians, including many from PM Silvio Berlusconi’s centre- Right government.

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