Voters in the tiny Alpine principality of Liechtenstein overwhelmingly endorsed a law authorizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Antiabortion advocates, led by the Roman Catholic archbishop, had proposed a different text to prohibit abortion under any circumstances. It was rejected by 81% of voters.
Liechtenstein is now in agreement with the rest of Western Europe -- except for Ireland -- in legalizing abortion early in pregnancy.
Liechtenstein has about 33,000 people and is three-quarters Catholic.