Human Life International (HLI) President Father Shenan J. Boquet today praised the pro-life victory against a referendum aimed at legalizing abortion in the Principality of Liechtenstein on Sunday that specifically targeted disabled babies.
“Against mounting international pressure both from the European Union and the United Nations, the people of Liechtenstein voted to protect life, and embrace their traditional Catholic culture and faith, with the rejection of this referendum,” said Fr. Boquet. “That this referendum specifically targeted babies with disabilities was deplorable, and we are very happy that life will continue to be protected in Liechtenstein.”
HLI’s European Director Joannes Bucher helped to organize and lead an effort of pro-life organizations in Europe who campaigned against the referendum.
“Several pro-life organizations have organized to support Liechtenstein and their head of state Prince Alois in the fight for life including Human Life International (HLI), HLI Helpers Europe, Jugend für das Leben (Youth for Life), Gloria.tv and the German organization Embryonenoffensive,” said Bucher prior to Sunday’s vote. “Flyers have been mailed by post to all households in Liechtenstein imploring them to choose life in the impending referendum, and thereby choose the best for mother and child.”
The referendum would have decriminalized abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or if the child is severely disabled. Abortion is currently illegal in Liechtenstein, and even if it is carried out abroad, termination of pregnancy carries a penalty of up to a year in prison, except when the mother’s life is in danger or she is under 14 at the time she became pregnant.
Prince Alois announced his opposition to the referendum last month saying, “Until now we have been proud to support people with disabilities in our country. The proposal would discriminate against such people and allow them to be eliminated in the womb.”
“This victory is yet another example of the people of Europe embracing their faith and the protection of human life as seen in Hungary, Poland and even Russia this past year,” said Fr. Boquet. “HLI will continue to oppose the radical EU and UN agenda to destroy the dignity of human life in Europe and around the world.”