(ANSA) - Rome, September 13 - The number of abortions
performed in Italy has been decreasing while the number of
doctors who are conscientious objectors to the procedure has
been on the rise, a report to parliament showed Friday.
The Ministry of Health report found that Italy's abortion
rate is one of the lowest among industrialized countries.
In 2012, 105,968 abortions were performed, a decrease of
4.9% compared to the previous year, the report said.
The report also found that the number of abortions dropped
dramatically – by almost 55% - compared with the figures for 30
years ago, while the percentage of doctors refusing to do them
rose by 17.3% between 1982 and 2012.
The report said that the number of abortions peaked at
234,801 in 1982.