Rome Censors Pro-Life Posters Calling Abortion ‘The Prime Cause of Femicide'
On Wednesday, the municipality of Rome, Italy decided to censor pro-life posters denouncing abortion as the primary cause of femicide. Sex-selective abortion remains tragically common across the world, but feminists complained about the scourge of sex-selective abortion being compared to the killing of women in other contexts.
"They said it's illegal to campaign against abortion. In our opinion, it's a clear case of ideological censorship," Filippo Savarese, campaign director at CitizenGO Italia, told PJ Media.
His pro-life organization erected the posters throughout Rome in preparation for Italy's March for Life this coming Saturday, which marks the 40th anniversary of Law 194, which made abortion legal within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and in cases of fetal abnormalities or threats to the life of the mother.
"Abortion is the prime cause of femicide in the world," the black-and-white posters declared.
A feminist group quickly condemned the pro-life posters as "disgraceful," the BBC reported. Local union leader Francesca Del Bello called the posters "offensive to every woman, especially for those who had the difficult experience of abortion or violence."
Writer and broadcaster Selvaggia Lucarelli also attacked the posters, tweeting, "How sad to use the term 'femicide' in a vile way with the clear aim of attracting attention to a campaign against abortion."
The feminist group Facebook Rebel Network called on Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi to remove the pro-life posters immediately.
Others also attacked the billboards as "offensive and gross," arguing that the posters were better fitted to the year 1018 rather than 2018.
According to CitizenGO, the municipality of Rome caved to these demands and had the posters removed. "The municipality of Rome censors the poster #stopaborto of CitizenGO," the organization announced on Twitter.
"The Municipality of Rome (in the person of the Mayor Virginia Raggi) was solicited to remove our posters by feminist groups and leftist national politicians," CitizenGO's Filippo Savarese told PJ Media. Raggi's administration "ordered the company which manages the installations we rent to remove the images because these would violate the Regulation on publicity in public space which condemns 'messages against personal freedom and civil rights.'"
Savarese attacked this regulation as far too broad, and easy to manipulate to quash any political dissent.