Rome Newsroom, Sep 27, 2021 / 04:00 am
The Republic of San Marino voted Sunday to legalize abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
The referendum vote on Sept. 26 ended the country’s ban on abortion, which had been in place since 1865.
More than 77% of voters approved the motion to allow abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, as well as after the 12-week mark if there are “are anomalies and malformations of the fetus that involve a serious risk for the physical or psychological health of the woman.”
San Marino is a republic with a population of 35,000 people -- a third of which live outside of its borders. The tiny nation’s birth rate is about 1.2 children per woman.