Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni offers help to women in financial difficulty who refuse abortion

The proposal, which is expected to be presented next week, provides for an increase of 50 euros ($54) per month starting with the second child and 100 euros ($108) up to the age of 18 if the child is disabled.

To finance it, a maternity income fund of 600 million euros ($649 million) per year would be created starting this year, and mothers who wish to apply must have an indicator of equivalent economic situation (ISEE) of less than 15,000 euros ($16,230) and be Italian citizens residing in the country.

In April, Meloni approved a package of measures aimed at curbing abortion in the country.

Among the measures, the Italian Parliament has authorized access to abortion centers by volunteers from pro-life associations in order to guarantee assistance to mothers who wish to abort their unborn child.

Abortion was legalized in Italy in 1978 under Law 194, which Meloni has pledged not to change, although she has said her pro-life measures aim to “guarantee women the possibility of choosing an alternative, offering an active role to public institutions in order to eliminate the financial causes that can push a woman to abort.”

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It was translated and adapted by CNA.