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    About 10,000 women marched through central Rome in Italy on Saturday night (6 December) demanding that abortion be legalised in Italy.

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    About 10,000 women marched through central Rome in Italy on Saturday night (6 December) demanding that abortion be legalised in Italy.

    The demonstration, the largest such rally held in Italy, came as Parliament was debating a draft bill which would permit abortions in certain cases.

    The bill has been severely criticised by left-wing politicians and women's rights leaders, although the powerful Communist party in Italy is allied with the dominant Christian Democrats on the issue.

    Pro-abortion campaigners have collected more than 500,000 signatures to demand a referendum on the question which would abrogate present legislation outlawing abortion in all circumstances. If the new bill is passed by Parliament within the next few weeks, the referendum will not be held.

    It has been estimated that there are at present about one and a half million illegal abortions in Italy each year -- about the same number as live births.

    SYNOPSIS: About ten thousand zealous proabortion campaigners marched through the streets of Central Rome in Italy on Saturday night demanding that abortion be legalised in Italy.

    The rally was the largest of its kind held in predominantly Catholic Italy.

    The demonstration was held while the Italian Parliament was debating a draft bill which if passed would permit abortions in certain cases. The bill has been severely criticised by left-wing politicians and women's rights leaders.

    So far the campaigners have collected more than half a million signatures to demand a referendum on the question which would abrogate present legislation outlawing abortion. However if the bill at present before Parliament is passed no referendum will be held.

    Although it is virtually impossible to obtain exact figures it is estimated that there are about one and a half million illegal abortions carried out in Italy every year -- roughly the same number as recorded live births.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5YI1FST7R3ZFTSWGLWJDMVS2A
    Media URN:
    VLVA5YI1FST7R3ZFTSWGLWJDMVS2A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
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    N/A

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