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    A three-day national conference on abortion -- Italy's first such meeting -- ended in time on Sunday (26 January) with a public call for legalisation.

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    A three-day national conference on abortion -- Italy's first such meeting -- ended in time on Sunday (26 January) with a public call for legalisation.

    The conference, organised jointly by the small but vocal Radical Party and the Italian Women's Liberation Movement was attended by 500 delegates, including representatives of women's movements in other countries. Among other foreign quests was the Belgian gynaecologist Willy Peers, who served 35 days in jail two years ago on abortion charges in his homeland. The conference also received a message of support from the French Health Minister, Simone Weil, who was instrumental in the regent French campaign to legalise abortions.

    The abortion issue sprang to national prominence in Italy -- and gave direct rise to the national conference -- after 5 police raid on the Radical Party as part of its campaign for the legalisation of abortion, and its national secretary, Gianfranco Spadaccia, later was arrested on abortion charges and is in jail awaiting trial. Signor Spadaccia, who faces up to five years in prison, has said he deliberately flouted the law to pressure the country's politicians into reforming it.

    ??? existing law -- framed in 1931 under Mussolini -- any form of abortion is totally banned in Italy "to protect the integrity of the ???. But the Italian Constitutional Court has met in closed session for the pact week to determine the law's constitutional legality, and its decision -- expected next month -- will have a direct bearing on the case of Signor Spadaccia and five other persons arrested with him in Florence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAEORY4M22AJQ04MIHWFCCZLDA
    Media URN:
    VLVAAEORY4M22AJQ04MIHWFCCZLDA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
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    N/A

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