Thou­sands of Ital­ians march against Verona city coun­cil’s ‘pro-life’ stance

Gulf Times - - EUROPE -

Thou­sands of pro­test­ers marched in the north­ern Ital­ian city of Verona yes­ter­day, af­ter the lo­cal coun­cil passed a mo­tion to fund Catholic anti-abor­tion groups. The mo­tion, pro­posed by a mem­ber of the far-right League party, de­clared the city “pro-life”. Un­der the scheme, preg­nant women will be en­cour­aged to give up un­planned ba­bies for adop­tion. Women wear­ing white cone hats rem­i­nis­cent of those worn in Mar­garet At­wood’s The Hand­maid’s Tale, a ref­er­ence to women’s rights, led the march through the city famed for Shake­speare’s ode to love, Romeo and Juliet.

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