Stamford Advocate

Voters overwhelmi­ngly back legal abortion


San Marino residents on Sunday voted overwhelmi­ngly to legalize abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminaliz­ed it and making the tiny republic the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstan­ces.

Some 77 percent of voters approved a referendum proposal calling for abortion to be legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, according to official returns broadcast on San Marino RTV. Abortion would also be legal beyond that point if the woman’s life is in danger or if her physical or psychologi­cal health is at risk because of fetal anomalies or malformati­ons.

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