I woke up under the not-so-balmy southern Italian sun just before my alarm went off at 7:30 a.m. The thermometer was already showing 26 degrees Celsius.

Ahead of me were three days of reporting on this year’s Group of Seven (G7) leaders’ summit, which kicked off on Thursday in the Borgo Egnazia resort off the southeastern coast of Italy, my home country.

Tuning into the morning news on TV as I got ready for the day, I was greeted by a reporter broadcasting live from the G7 International Media Center, who said that, according to rumors, the draft of the bloc’s final communique would not mention any commitment to guarantee access to safe abortions. I went on to run into that reporter in person at the media center a few hours later.