San Marino votes to legalize abortion

Courtney Mares   By Courtney Mares for CNA

Baby feet. / Liudmila Fadzeyeva/Shutterstock.

Rome Newsroom, Sep 27, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

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.

The bishop of San Marino released a statement on Sept. 26 saying that pregnant women must be supported so that “no stone is left unturned in seeking alternatives” to abortion.

“We must ensure that never again does a life not blossom because of insecurity, distrust, loneliness, lack of custody and protection or for economic reasons,” Bishop Andrea Turazzi said.

“Today, with the progress of science, with the means at our disposal, with the growth of social consciousness, we can do so much to welcome unborn life,” the bishop of San Marino-Montefeltro said.

“The growth rate of a society, we believe, is not measured so much by economics, but by respect for the rights of all, starting with the fragile, defenseless and unborn.”

According to tradition, a Christian named Marinus established a Christian community in the fourth century that eventually became the city-state of San Marino.

Italy, which geographically surrounds San Marino, legalized abortion in 1978. Other majority Catholic countries, notably Ireland, have liberalized their abortion laws in recent years by referendum.

The people of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, voted in a referendum in June to approve a bill legalizing abortion.

Following the vote, Bishop Turazzi said that the diocese of San Marino would commit itself to “witness to the Gospel of life, for a culture and a policy favorable to the family, for a boost of awareness and responsibility.”


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2 Comments

  1. From the largest nations, territorially Russia “Abortion in Russia is legal as an elective procedure up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and in special circumstances at later stages. Russia had the highest number of abortions per woman of child-bearing age in the world according to UN data as of 2010”, China population we all know it enforces abortion. Now to the tiniest San Marino. A mother’s womb once the safest place for a developing infant now ironically the most dangerous. What has changed Mankind? Obviously, the drift from Christ. Although it existed prior to the Incarnation never on this monumental scale. What that spells for the mind to ruminate is the horror of such unmitigated evil far greater after rejection of Christ than before? A differentiating factor that cannot be explained in context of cultural space within historical time. Something mysterious for practical reason. Although not when contemplated within revelation. The reality of a Daemonic creature, Satan, who possesses the morbid energy to seduce minds to believing it’s practical medical care. That Catholics by profession claim a just necessity for better living conditions, as if pregnancy were a disease. Surely it proves a superior intellect has seduced the human mind to believe the life of persons is relative to the welfare of our own.

  2. This is a sad day for humanity, that infanticide, the killing of the weakest and most vulnerable, is not only tolerated, but welcomed with applause and voted on by the populace with overwhelming approval.

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