The sale of the abortion pill RU486 has been given final approval in Italy, despite protests from the Vatican and the government in the Catholic country.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Unlike in other European countries, the pill, also known as mifepristone, will be administered solely in hospitals.
The pill was originally approved by the country’s pharmaceuticals agency in late July, but the move prompted a parliamentary inquiry.
Italy was is one of the last European states to make it available.
According to the country’s pharmaceutical agency, the pill must only be administered in a hospital environment and must be taken within seven weeks of conception.
Women will be required to remain in hospital until the drug has taken full effect.
“The debate is not yet over,” Senator Donatella Poretti told Agence France Presse.
“From tomorrow, we have to ask why Italian women [prescribed the drug] will be required to stay in hospital.”