Wednesday, October 27

San Marino approves decriminalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy

The possibility of legal abortion has won with a large majority of 77.3% in the referendum that was held this Sunday in San Marino, a small state located in the north of Italy and where for 18 years there has been an attempt to decriminalize the interruption of the pregnancy.

According to the final data published overnight, the ‘yes’ has won with 77.3% of the votes compared to 22.7% against. A total of 11,000 votes in favor compared to 3,200 against and a participation of 41%. The vote, which comes after 18 years of failed attempts to decriminalize abortion in the country, proposed that it be legalized in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and after that date if the woman’s life is in danger or due to fetal malformations .

After the result, since there is no quorum limit, San Marino will have to rewrite its Penal Code that dates back to 1865 and in which according to articles 153 and 154, whoever performs an abortion or who helps runs the risk of passing six months to three years in prison, with an extenuating circumstance in the case of pregnancy outside of marriage.

Within a period of six months, the State Congress must draft a bill that will be presented to the College of Guarantors, which has the function of establishing the deadlines for the presentation of the bill.

Sanmarinese women often go to Italy to have an abortion, which, according to the promoters of the referendum, causes them economic burdens, in addition to penalizing women who have been raped, while opponents allege that the entire population, made up of some 34,000 people, you have free access to contraceptives.

The result of the consultation is a severe blow to the ruling majority of the Christian Democratic Party, the only one that has given indications to vote against. The feminist group UniĆ³n de Mujeres Sammarinesas (Uds) and the support of the Civic Movement RETE, the promoters, collected more than 3,000 signatures, more than double those necessary to guarantee their development.