A senator from Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing party said on Thursday that a young woman’s “first desire” should be to have children, sparking anger from opposition groups.
Giorgia Meloni’s Italian Brotherhood party has prioritized reversing declining birthrates and promoting traditional families amid strict regulations on child-rearing in the country.
“My mother always said to me: You must always remember that you have the opportunity to do whatever you want, but that your first desire is to become a mother yourself. We must never forget,” said Senator Lavinia Mennuni.
Lavinia Mennuni, who spoke next to the Catholic archbishop on a talk show on the La7 TV channel, said that Italian and Vatican institutions need to make obstetrics “cool” again and encourage young people to marry early and start families. He said that there is.
“I think it’s a beautiful thing (for women) to send children out into the world who will become future citizens and future Italians, so it’s a mission, or a necessity,” said the 47-year-old lawmaker. Told. She also has three children.
Senator Raffaella Paita of the centrist Italia Viva party said the comments showed “embarrassing backwardness”.
“Her words resonate with the ideas of the obscurantists of the past, which are thankfully outdated,” Paita said.
Chiara Appendino, a lawmaker from the leftist Five Star Movement, wrote on social media He said that they should be taught “how to do it.” . ”
Mr. Mennuni sparked criticism last week when he proposed a bill that would prevent school trustees from canceling Catholic-themed activities, such as putting on Christmas plays or producing Nativity scenes.
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