A longtime political hot potato has forced its way into Italy’s election campaign. A revival of the ethical and moral issues behind the country’s current abortion legislation, the so-called Legge 194, has caused uproar and debate among both pro-life and pro-choice advocates.
Centre-right premier Silvio Berlusconi recently said he would support a proposal made by a political ally to spearhead a United Nations moratorium on abortion. Journalist Giuliano Ferrara, editor of the right-leaning daily Il Foglio and a former political associate of Berlusconi’s, recently decided to run alone and launch his own pro-life ticket for the upcoming elections on April 13–14. The first person to call for a UN moratorium on abortion, Ferrara will be allied with Berlusconi’s new People of Freedom party and promises to change the existing abortion law if he should win the elections.