Gibraltar abortion referendum: Voters back bill legalizing abortion

More than 23,000 Gibraltarians were registered to vote, with postal and proxy votes permitted, as well as votes at the ballot box.

Abortion has been illegal and punishable by up to life imprisonment in Gibraltar, except where the mother’s life is at risk.

In 2019, the Gibraltar Parliament passed the Crimes (Amendment) Act 2019 with the intention of legalizing abortion up to 12 weeks if the woman’s mental or physical health is considered at risk or if she would face grave injury.

Abortion would also be permitted at any time if the child has a fatal fetal abnormality.

Voters were asked: “Should the Crimes (Amendment) Act 2019, that defines the circumstances which would allow abortion in Gibraltar, come into force?”

The Gibraltar Pro-Life Movement opposed the bill and ran the “Save Babies, Vote No” campaign ahead of the referendum.

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