The Ministry of Health has published the latest report on voluntary termination of pregnancy in Italy. The data refer to 2020 but are “incomplete, fragmented, partial” and give back a blurry picture of what is happening in the country, where abortion is still an obstacle course. The wave of reactions, already announced by “Never Data!” from Professor Chiara Lalli and journalist Sonia Montegiove to demand that all IVG data be accessible to everyone, in fact it is not long in coming.
What the Ministry of Health’s 2020 report says
The Ministry says: in 2020, in Italy, it was the IVG 66,413a figure in constant decline (they were 73 thousand in 2019) from 1983, the year in which the highest value was found (234,801). The abortion rate, or the number of abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 49 living in Italy, remains among the lowest internationally. The Igv is declining especially among the very young, while the highest rates remain in women between the ages of 25 and 34. For the issuance of the necessary certification for the application for abortion, also in 2020, the use of family counseling the most popular option has been confirmed (43.1%), compared to other services (doctor, obstetric service, other structure). While conscientious objection gynecologists remain at 64.6% (a decrease from 67.0% in 2019), anesthesiologists at 44.6% and non-medical staff at 36.2%.
The type of intervention chosen for the IVG
There are two techniques for performing an IVG: the pharmacological method and the surgical method. In 2020, according to the report, 35.1% of the interventions were performed with the pharmacological method: the pill (RU486) was used in 31.9% of cases, compared to 24.9% of the 2019 and 20.8% in 2018. As for the method, large regional differences persist: in fact, from 1.9% of pharmacological abortions in Molise to more than 50% in Piedmont, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna and Basilicata.
“This report is embarrassing. The only purpose is to keep saying that all is well, when all is well,” says Rebecca Clementi of the Instagram page @ivgestobenissimo. reality of the pandemic “. Ivg, I have an abortion and I’m fine!a group of Italian women and LGBTQ + people, along with the association Objection rejected I Not one less during the pandemic they created the channel in Telegram Sos abortion-Covid19 and have created a continuously updated map of anti-abortion structures in Italy. “Every year we find ourselves always reading the same sulfur, that only means one thing: the political will not to change anything.”
Law 194, Never data
An investigation by Chiara Lalli, a professor of medical history, and Sonia Montegiove, a computer scientist and journalist, was presented to the House in May. Health. . From your map “Objection 100“In fact, it seems that 72 hospitals in Italy have between 80 and 100% conscientious objectors: 22 hospitals and 4 consultants with 100% objection among gynecologists, anesthetists, nursing staff and Oss and 18 hospitals with 100% of gynecological objections.While there are 46 structures that have a percentage of objectors higher than 80 %.At the regional level, there are 11 regions in which there is at least one hospital with 100% of objects : Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, Puglia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto Researchers, together with the Luca Coscioni Association, ask Italian hospitals to provide open data in the ivg. “Only if the data is open are they useful and provide us with information and knowledge. Only if the data is open, does it really make sense and allow women to choose which hospital to go to, knowing first what percentage of objects in the chosen structure, ”they conclude.