In Sunday’s referendum, the vast majority of San Marino residents voted in favor of lifting the abortion ban. It has been in force in this country since 1865.
According to the authorities, over 77 percent. voting participants were in favor of allowing abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy.
After this period, abortion would be allowed, but only if the mother’s life is at risk or if the detected fetal malformations “pose a serious threat to the physical or mental health of the woman”.
One of the last countries in Europe with such a strict abortion law
41 percent took part in the Sunday referendum. citizens entitled to vote. The AFP agency writes that San Marino, a tiny enclave in the center of Italian territory, was one of the last countries in Europe – alongside Malta, Andorra and the Vatican – to prohibit abortion completely, even in the event of rape, incest, fetal disease or maternal danger. The San Marino Parliament must now take steps to legalize the referendum decision.
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