In the Republic of San Marino, every choice is forbidden for women

A proposed change to San Marino's strict abortion law does little to improve the current situation.

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At the present, there is only one exception when abortion is allowed in San Marino: in cases where carrying the fetus to term would represent a risk to the mother’s life. A proposal submitted to the Parliament this spring endorsed the current law but added that the woman’s opinion needs to be heard.

But, more specifically, she will be listened to in only one specific circumstance -- when she is willing to sacrifice her life for that of her child.  

In the micro-state, pregnancy termination is punished with a 3 to 6 year sentence. It does not matter if the woman is a minor, has been raped, or if she has a disability. The only circumstance that can mitigate the sentence is if she is not married, which highlights the patriarchal nature of the law currently regulating the procedure. 

Details from the story:

  • In case of serious risk to the mother’s life, the diagnosis has to be confirmed unanimously by a committee of three doctors before proceeding with pregnancy interruption.
  • The fetus is given legal protection since conception, and enjoys far greater legal protection that  what is given to the woman.  
  • The current option for San Marino women is to access Italian healthcare services, a choice that carries an economic burden of around 2,000 euro.
  • In 2014, the Committee promoting a law on conscious and responsible procreation tried to change the unfair law regulating abortion, but was not successful.

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