The first female prime minister of Italy is pro-life and speaking out against abortion.
Giorgia Meloni, a conservative Catholic, became Prime Minister last year when the center-right coalition that includes her party, the Brothers of Italy,cruised to an election victory. The victory is puzzling leftists and mainstream news outlets, which did their best to trash her as “far right” and attempted to link her to fascism despite her dedication to democracy.
Now, Meloni is condemning abortion, saying ending the live sof unborn children deprives women of the joy of motherhood.
The government will help women avoid an abortion by providing financial support so that they do “not miss out on the joy of raising a child,” Meloni, 46, said in an interview published in the latest issue of Grazia magazine, without giving details.
Abortion within the first 90 days has been legal in Italy since 1978 under Law 194, and Meloni said before coming to power that she intended to “fully enforce” that law. Activists are concerned the right-wing government will try to roll back rights by exploiting weaknesses in the legislation, such as the prerogative of doctors to be “conscientious objectors.”
She compared surrogacy to “slavery,” adding that using a woman’s body in such a way will never be considered progress.
During the election, Meloni’s pro-family and pro-life views resonated with voters. One of her recent speeches critical of the “woke” left went viral across the world over the weekend. In it, she attributed the attacks against her to “fear” from those who seek power by dehumanizing other human beings.
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“Why is the family an enemy? Why is the family so frightening? There is a single answer to all these questions. Because it defines us. Because it is our identity,” she said.
Meloni said it is easier for those in power to enslave people when their identity is taken away.
“I can’t define myself as Italian, a Christian, a woman, a mother,” she said. “No, I must be citizen X, gender X, parent 1, parent 2. I must be a number. Because when I am only a number, when I no longer have an identity or roots, then I will be the perfect slave at the mercy of financial speculators.”
Meloni continued: “… we do not want to be numbers. We will defend the value of the human being. Because each of us has a unique genetic code that is unrepeatable, and, like it or not, that is sacred. We will defend it. We will defend God, country and family.”
Members of the European Union and others have attacked Meloni for supposedly opposing “human rights” because she believes babies in the womb deserve a right to life, Breitbart reports.
To what extent she will act on those beliefs in her new political role, however, is not certain. According to Breitbart, “Meloni, while a Catholic, has promised that she would not crack down on abortion in the country, though has reportedly expressed the desire to see alternatives offered to women wherever possible.”
Abortions are legal up to 90 days in Italy and later in cases where the woman has a physical or mental health risk or when the unborn baby has a deformity. Italy legalized abortion in 1978, but many doctors in the largely Catholic country still refuse to abort unborn babies.
Meanwhile, EU leaders are threatening to punish the new Italian leader and her party if they take action to protect unborn babies from abortion.