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Is the Right to Abortion at Risk in Times of COVID-19? The Italian State of Affairs within the European Context

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Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic, and Orthopedic Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, 00161 Rome, Italy
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Department of Excellence of Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, University “Politecnica delle Marche” of Ancona, 60020 Ancona, Italy
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Academic Editor: Simone Ferrero
Received: 7 May 2021 / Revised: 8 June 2021 / Accepted: 10 June 2021 / Published: 12 June 2021
The COVID-19 health emergency has thrown the health systems of most European countries into a deep crisis, forcing them to call off and postpone all interventions deemed not essential or life-saving in order to focus most resources on the treatment of COVID-19 patients. To facilitate women who are experiencing difficulties in terminating their pregnancies in Italy, the Ministry of Health has adapted to the regulations in force in most European countries and issued new guidelines that allow medical abortion up to 63 days, i.e., 9 weeks of gestational age, without mandatory hospitalization. This decision was met with some controversy, based on the assumption that the abortion pill could “incentivize” women to resort to abortion more easily. In fact, statistical data show that in countries that have been using medical abortion for some time, the number of abortions has not increased. The authors expect that even in Italy, as is the case in other European countries, the use of telemedicine is likely to gradually increase as a safe and valuable option in the third phase of the health emergency. The authors argue that there is a need to favor pharmacological abortion by setting up adequately equipped counseling centers, as is the case in other European countries, limiting hospitalization to only a few particularly complex cases. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; abortion; telemedicine; Italian legislation; European backdrop COVID-19; abortion; telemedicine; Italian legislation; European backdrop
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Montanari Vergallo, G.; Rinaldi, R.; Piersanti, V.; Tini, A.; Del Rio, A. Is the Right to Abortion at Risk in Times of COVID-19? The Italian State of Affairs within the European Context. Medicina 2021, 57, 615. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060615

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Montanari Vergallo G, Rinaldi R, Piersanti V, Tini A, Del Rio A. Is the Right to Abortion at Risk in Times of COVID-19? The Italian State of Affairs within the European Context. Medicina. 2021; 57(6):615. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060615

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Montanari Vergallo, Gianluca, Raffaella Rinaldi, Valeria Piersanti, Anastasio Tini, and Alessandro Del Rio. 2021. "Is the Right to Abortion at Risk in Times of COVID-19? The Italian State of Affairs within the European Context" Medicina 57, no. 6: 615. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060615

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