San Marine approved the legalization of abortion in a referendum, partial results show

The publication of the results of 33 of the 37 districts revealed that approximately 77.3 percent. voters in this picturesque republic agreed to allow women to terminate their pregnancies by 12 weeks.

Abortion after the 12th week would be allowed only in case of danger to the mother’s life or in case of fetal malformations that could harm the mother physically or psychologically.

At present, abortion is completely banned in this country, unlike in most other European countries.

The outcome of the referendum was not clear in advance, as the influence of the Catholic Church remains strong, and Pope Francis reiterated his strong view last week that abortion is a “murder.” The ruling party also speaks out against abortion.

No public opinion polls were conducted before the vote.

Malta, Andorra and the Vatican now remain one of the last places in Europe where abortion is completely banned, even in cases of rape or incest, fetal malformations or risks to the mother’s life.

Traditionally, in Catholic Ireland, abortion was legalized in 2018, also after a referendum.

35,411,000 people had the right to express their views in a Sunday referendum initiated by the San Marino Women’s Union (UDS). voters and a third of them live abroad. Voter turnout was 41 percent.

UDS welcomed the results of the referendum.

“It’s a victory for all the women of San Marino, [pergalė] against conservatives and reactionaries who believe women have no rights, UDS President Karen Pruccoli told AFP. “It’s a victory over the Catholic Church, … our opponent, who did everything he could to prevent that result.”

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Under current San Marino law, a woman can be sentenced to up to three years in prison for an abortion, and the doctor who performed the procedure faces up to six years in prison.

So far, however, no one has been convicted of it. Women who decide to terminate a pregnancy usually go to Italy, where abortions are allowed for more than 40 years.

The abortion ban in San Marine was introduced as early as 1865. At the beginning of the last century, it was approved by the fascist regime, and was reaffirmed in 1974.


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