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Annu. Rev. Popul. Law 1987; 14: 317-319.


(Copyright © 1987, Harvard Law School Library)






This document contains provisions of Liechtenstein's 1987 Penal Code relating to sterilization, abortion, polygamy, the protection of women and children, crimes related to marriage, and failure to provide support. The Code holds that sexual sterilization carried out at the patient's request is lawful if the patient is at least 25 years old. Performing or inducing an abortion is punishable with imprisonment unless: 1) the abortion is necessary to prevent serious danger to the life or health of the pregnant woman, 2) the pregnant woman was under 14 years old and not married to the man who impregnated her, or 3) the abortion is performed to save the woman's life. The Code also imposes a prison sentence on anyone abducting a woman who is helpless or unable to resist in order to sexually abuse the woman. Bigamy carries a prison term of up to 3 years, and a prison term of up to 1 year is applied in cases where a person deceives another or compels another into marriage. Removing a minor from the control of those authorized to rear said minor can lead to a prison term of up to 1 year, and abandonment of a minor can lead to a prison term of up to 3 years. Violation of the duty of financial support called for by family law can invoke a prison term of up to 6 months.

Language: en


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