We reported on Sept. 30th 2011 that Prince Alois of Liechtenstein threatened to use his veto power to block a proposal to legalise abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy, or if a child is severely disabled. In the event this was unnecessary because the proposal was rejected when it came to a vote.
The Catholic Herald reports however that there is an ongoing attempt to remove the Prince’s power of veto by holding a referendum to change the constitution and open the way to the approval of a new attempt to legislate for abortion. Under Liechtenstein’s constitution 1,500 signatures are necessary in order to call the referendum and it appears from the article that there is a time limit on this of May 10th.
Prince Alois has, courageously said he is prepared to abdicate if this proposal is accepted.