Voters in the tiny republic of San Marino are voting on whether to decriminalize abortion
Women in San Marino seeking an abortion usually go to neighboring Italy, a similarly Catholic country which legalized the procedure in 1978. But proponents of the referendum say that puts an undue financial burden on them and penalizes women who have been raped.
Opponents argue that in San Marino even minors can already receive free contraception at pharmacies, including the so-called morning-after pill.
The referendum was set after around 3,000 people signed a petition drive to overturn the microstate’s abortion law, which dates from 1865. If “Yes” votes prevail, San Marino’s Parliament will need to legalize the procedure.
Results were expected late Sunday.
San Marino is one of the world’s oldest republics and has a population of about 33,000.
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