Abortion in San Marino is generally illegal. Articles 153 and 154 of the Penal Code impose prison sentences for any woman who procures an abortion, any person who helps her and any person who performs the abortion. Abortions performed to save the life of the mother are generally permitted by legal principles of necessity, but are not specifically excepted in the law.
A proposal to liberalize abortion law was submitted during 1974 revisions to the Penal Code, but the Government deferred it indefinitely to permit further debate. No action has been taken since. Nonetheless, a United Nations Population Division report notes that a woman in San Marino seeking an abortion can likely obtain one in Italy.