1989 Liechtenstein referendums

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The 1989 Liechtenstein referendums were a series of referendums held in the Principality of Liechtenstein in 1989. The referendums addressed two significant issues: the introduction of women's suffrage and the legalization of abortion.

Women's Suffrage[edit | edit source]

The first referendum, held on 1 July 1989, was a landmark event in the history of Liechtenstein. It proposed the introduction of women's suffrage, allowing women the right to vote and stand for election. The proposal was narrowly approved by 51.3% of the voters. This marked a significant step towards gender equality in the country, making Liechtenstein one of the last countries in Europe to grant women the right to vote.

Abortion[edit | edit source]

The second referendum, held on 3 December 1989, addressed the issue of abortion. The proposal sought to legalize abortion under certain conditions. However, the proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by 81.4% of the voters. The result reflected the conservative stance of the Liechtenstein population on the issue of abortion at that time.

Results[edit | edit source]

The results of the referendums were as follows:

Women's Suffrage[edit | edit source]

  • For: 51.3%
  • Against: 48.7%

Abortion[edit | edit source]

  • For: 18.6%
  • Against: 81.4%

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

The approval of women's suffrage had a profound impact on the political landscape of Liechtenstein. Women began to participate actively in politics, and the first female members were elected to the Landtag in subsequent elections. The rejection of the abortion proposal, however, maintained the status quo, and the issue continued to be a topic of debate in the following years.

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