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Cannizzaro hospital in Catania, Sicily. Valentina Miluzzo was denied a termination at the facility last year and died, despite abortion being legal in Italy for 40 years.

Cannizzaro hospital in Catania, Sicily. Valentina Miluzzo was denied a termination at the facility last year and died, despite abortion being legal in Italy for 40 years.

In October 2016, 32-year old Valentina Miluzzo died of sepsis after a doctor at Cannizzaro obstetrics and gynaecology hospital in Catania on the east coast of Sicily refused to perform a termination following complications in her twin pregnancy.

Valentina’s family and lawyer stated that the doctor refused to intervene on ethical grounds as the hearts of the foetuses were still beating. This story is very similar to Savita Halappanavar’s. With a significant difference though: in Italy abortion has been legal for almost 40 years.

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