San Marino’s parliament has lastly voted to legalise abortion following final 12 months’s landmark referendum.
The landlocked, Catholic micronation was one of many final European states that criminalised abortions underneath all circumstances.
However final September, 77% of residents voted overwhelmingly to overturn the 150-year-old legislation to make abortion authorized within the first 12 weeks of being pregnant after a medical session.
The invoice was authorized by 32 members of San Marino’s legislature on Wednesday, with seven in opposition to and 10 abstaining from the vote.
Abortion procedures can even be authorized after the primary 12 weeks if severe foetal anomalies put a lady’s life or well being — bodily or psychologically — in danger. The price of the process will likely be coated by San Marino’s public well being system.
“We’re happy,″ stated Elena D’Amelio, one of many advocates who had collected signatures as a part of a petition drive to carry the referendum.
“Earlier than the brand new legislation legalising it, girls not solely needed to pay for it, you needed to do it in secret.”
Beforehand, girls in San Marino had travelled to a hospital in surrounding Italy for an abortion however had been answerable for felony prosecution.
D’Amelio additionally stated that the brand new legislation offers intercourse schooling in faculties to stop undesirable pregnancies, and compensates any lady who now travels to Italy for an abortion if there’s a scarcity of medical employees within the nation.
It’s unclear whether or not some well being care employees in San Marino’s solely public hospital may object to the legislation and choose out of offering abortions.
Abortion remains to be unlawful in Malta and Andorra, whereas Poland launched a near-total ban on the process in 2021.