San Marino residents vote for abortion right

San Marino has expressed a large majority in favour of legalization of abortion in a referendum. More than three-quarters of voters support a proposal to allow abortion up to 12 weeks into pregnancy.

If the mother is in danger of life, or in severe fetal abnormalities, abortion can be made even after 12 weeks. The result marks a line by a law dating back to 1865.

In the small republic of northeastern Italy, women could be imprisoned for three years if they had abortion. Whoever commits the abortion risked a six-year sentence. In practice, many women from San Marino went to private clinics in Italy for an abortion, for which they paid about 1500 euros.

In Europe, women cannot legally have an abortion in Malta, Andorra and the Vatican City. In Poland, the abortion law has become more stringent this year.