Voters defeat restrictive initiative

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The campaign was vicious for Liechtenstein, a tranquil mountaintop country the size of Washington, D.C., with 33,000 people. Conservative Archbishop Wolfgang Haas campaigned heavily in favor of the amendment and called the counterproposal a “death melody.” Crown Prince Alois expressed sympathy for the initiative in an address earlier this year, but he was more moderate in the run-up to the vote and said he supported both proposals. Liechtenstein, sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland, is famous chiefly for being a tax haven, and although it has passed laws to curb money-laundering, it has more registered companies than citizens. Once a sovereign state of the Holy Roman Empire, Liechtenstein is about three-quarters Roman Catholic. VADUZ, Liechtenstein – Voters in this tiny Alpine principality on Sunday soundly rejected an initiative that critics said would have prevented abortion, birth control, assisted suicide and living wills. Less than 20 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the constitutional amendment, supported by the country’s Roman Catholic archbishop, seeking to protect human life from “conception to natural death.” Instead, nearly 80 percent ratified a government counterproposal, which legal experts say brings the country’s legal framework for issues such as abortion and birth control in line with European standards. The amendment was launched by conservative groups to protest a government attempt last year to change legislation that permitted abortion only in limited cases, such as when the mother’s life is in danger. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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