ROME, Aug 24, 2001 ( – Italian minister for European Union policies Rocco Buttiglione has announced that he intends to reform Italy’s 1994 abortion law to help women to afford to raise children. Mr Buttiglione, leader of the Christian Democrats, insists that women should be given a choice to have financial assistance so they are not under pressure to abort their babies from financial worries.

Buttiglione’s plan would see women feeling they must abort their children due to financial reasons, given state aid if they decide to keep their children. Payments could amount to over $700 per month.

(Financial Times World Media Abstract Service, Aug 23, 2001)