A woman's face looks out from behind a red protest banner that says "aborto"

A woman shouts slogans during an abortion-rights demonstation in downtown Rome in this 2008 file photo. Italy has had legalized abortion for 40 years, but doctors can opt out of the procedure as conscientious objectors. In some parts of the country, 90 percent of health care providers refuse to perform abortions.


Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

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