Health officials are investing the death of a 20-year-old woman after she had an abortion Tuesday in Naples, Italy.
The Italian news agency ANSA reports that the young woman suffered from massive blood loss and a hemorrhage as she was having an elective abortion at the Cardarelli Hospital in Naples.
The report provides more details:
She suffered a haemorrhage during the procedure, hospital director Franco Paradiso told ANSA, adding that an internal investigation and autopsy had been ordered.
The woman’s relatives have complained to the police.
Paradiso said that procedures appeared to have been followed correctly, and the woman had also received a transfusion but she went into hypovolemic shock due to blood loss.
The Italian health ministry plans to send a task force to the hospital, according to the report. The report does not indicate the age of the unborn baby who was aborted.
The woman, named Gabriella Cipolletta (pictured), died following an abortion she did not request but was “advised” to undergo by doctors in case her baby had a disability.
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“She discovered she was pregnant after being treated for a fungal skin infection and was reportedly ready to go through with the pregnancy, but was advised by a doctor to have the abortion, performed in the 11th week, due to the potential harm the treatment for the infection might have had on the fetus,” a report said.
In 2014, another Italian woman reportedly died after taking the dangerous RU-486 abortion drug. The Local has more on her abortion death:
Doctors at Martini hospital in Turin hospital were unable to revive the 37-year-old from a cardiac arrest after she took the second part of the medication required to terminate the pregnancy on Wednesday night, La Repubblica reported.
Shocked doctors said “everything was regulated” when the woman attended the hospital for the medical abortion, and that “ultrasound examinations were performed on both occasions she came to the hospital for the procedure.”
The tragic incidents come amid concerns in Italy that abortions are causing population decline in the European nation.
Beatrice Lorenzin, the Italian minister of health, called Italy a “dying country” in a 2015 interview, LifeNews reported.
“We are at the threshold where people who die are not being replaced by newborns. That means we are a dying country. This situation has enormous implications for every sector: the economy, society, health, pensions, just to give a few examples.”