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The campaign of the supporters of the “culture of death” that sees in the easiness to procure abortion one of the fundamental pillars, does not seem to stop. It is even too easy, for example, to come across web sites ready to report the “odyssey” of women to whom the morning after pill would have been denied. Defined as “emergency contraception“, it provokes real abortions, because the drug prevents, in most cases, not ovulation but the implantation of the embryo. Stories that contrast with the reality of the facts and of the numbers, in this case those provided by Federfarma on the boom in sales of the pill: over 200,000 packages sold in 2016, almost one every two minutes.

What is the real situation? We have asked Piero Uroda, President of the Union Italians Catholic Pharmacists.
“As far as I am concerned, I have never sold it, I do not order it and I do not keep it in my pharmacy… But it does not seem to me that there are great difficulties to get it”.

Are we facing a “privatisation”, a banalization of abortion?
“And how shall we define it otherwise? The way of dealing with sexuality with the fear of the children, that become a problem for the commitment that they require, for the working difficulties, is disgraceful… Unfortunately, it is becoming a truism, and many people fall into an attitude of surrender to the ‘everyone does it’. Our commitment, on the contrary, must be not to collaborate with who does evil, because you need to have the courage to call it by its name. Freedom does not mean harming other people”.

From a pharmacological point of view what is the truth?
“That those are very dangerous pills but the toxicology is hidden. Think about the normal contraceptive pill that inhibits ovulation: there are a series of contraindications. Maybe it is also done in order to avoid claims for damages but there is a scientific basis. And here? Unfortunately, in front of the desire not to have a child, any other risk is disregarded “.

What is your direct experience?
“I found practically always a total closing. Of the many people with whom I have tried to speak I remember only a lady who was convinced and went back. The fact is that when one wears blinkers, does not want to accept the possibility of taking other roads”.

From 2015 there is no longer need for a medical prescription. This has favoured the diffusion of the morning after pill: with what consequences?
“That risks are minimized. Women do not think that it can be harmful: the more something is made easy, the more one think that there are no contraindications. It is a double deception. It is taken with extreme neglect without even wanting to know the dangers faced”.

Then there is a problem of conscientious objection for pharmacists. After the discharge of the doctor of Trieste last December, what is the situation now?
“We are preparing a second conference on this aspect. The law is there but it is not regulated. It will necessarily have to be regulated, we need to arrive to the notice to the respective Order also to understand how many pharmacists are available to dispense these pills. We are trying to make this principle accepted and defended by the leaders of the Federation of the Orders and of Federfarma. It is also a recognition of professionalism: the objection is a right recognized for doctors and nurses, we do not understand why it should be denied to us”.

And speaking of objection, the one of doctors is back to being targeted. This time the “reprimand” to Italy comes from the Committee for Human Rights of the UN, according to which it is difficult to gain access to the services for the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, regulated by law 194, because of the high number of doctors who refuse to perform abortions for reasons of conscience”. The result of these difficulties, warns the committee, is “a significant number of illegal abortions”. A disgusting reprimand that recalls the quarrel of the appeal of the CGIL (Italian Labour Union, editor’s note) rejected by the Council of Europe last year because it was based on old data. In Italy, unfortunately, it is all too easy to abort. It is rather surprising that UN takes note of the “significant number of illegal abortions“. It is the proof that the phenomenon did not disappeared with the law 194, contrary to what they wanted to make its supporters believe. And not because there are too many objectors: very often there are other reasons, for example of cultural nature.

As regards the UN, a brief consideration. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the “magna charta” of the United Nations. Article 3 reads as follows: “Every individual has the right to life“. Obviously, it does not apply to those who are not yet born.

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