Fake abortion pills targeting Maltese women on Facebook, activists warn
Reproductive rights activists say COVID-19 travel route shutdown has allowed Facebook vendors to peddle fake abortion pills to women
16 May 2020
by Matthew Agius
Facebook pages selling unregulated and potentially unsafe “abortion pills” in Malta have sprung up on the internet.
Abortion is prohibited in Malta, but women seeking terminations would often circumvent the ban by travelling abroad to foreign abortion clinics. The cessation of passenger flights to and from the island, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, has provided an opportunity for the criminally unscrupulous to make a profit.
The last taboo: Malta is the last EU country to have a full ban on abortion
Pro-choice activists will struggle to overturn it
Jul 27th 2019
POPE PIUS XI, who died in 1939, described Malta as “Malta Cattolicissima”. Today, that is not quite as true as it once was. The first schism with Catholic doctrine came in 2011, when divorce was legalised after a bitterly fought referendum. For the past four years, Malta has retained its top spot in ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Index, a ranking of policy towards LGBT people in 49 European countries. Same-sex couples now have equal marriage and adoption rights.
Yet Malta remains the only European Union member state which bans abortion in all circumstances. Under a law dating to 1724, women who procure an abortion in Malta risk being imprisoned for up to three years. The second-most-stringent EU country, Poland, allows abortion in very limited circumstances (as does Northern Ireland, which is even stricter, though a law passed in Westminster earlier this month could change that).
Abortion debate goes mainstream in Malta
Opposition conservatives have labeled the European election a ‘referendum on abortion.’
By Jillian Deutsch
MSIDA, Malta — The controversial debate on Malta's stringent abortion laws has shifted from Facebook forums to the highest levels of politics just in time for the European election.
In the weeks leading up to Saturday’s ballot, the opposition Nationalist Party took out billboard adverts across the island championing the party’s anti-abortion message. Its leader Adrian Delia called the European election a “referendum on abortion” — accusing the ruling Labour Party of secretly supporting greater abortion rights.
Times Are Changing: Malta’s First Ever Pro-Choice Movement To Launch This Weekend
'Women seeking abortions continue to live in fear, stigma and shame in our society'
Mar 4, 2019
It would have been unthinkable in the past, but Malta’s first ever pro-choice movement is set to launch this weekend to campaign for the legalisation of abortion.
Details are still scant at this stage, but the movement is expected to include the Women’s Rights Foundation and Moviment Graffitti, both of whom have been sharing the upcoming launch on social media.
Abortion Support Network expands service to Malta and Gibraltar (Press Release)
Published on February 14, 2019
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, ASN brings the gift of confidential, non-judgemental information and funding for abortion costs to new countries
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Ireland has safe legal abortion
So we’re expanding to help Malta and Gibraltar too!
Abortion Support Network (ASN), a small UK-based charity providing financial assistance, practical information and accommodation to those living in countries with restrictive abortion laws, announced today that it has launched its service to people resident in Malta and Gibraltar. As of today, anyone in those countries will be able to ring the ASN helpline, visit the ASN website or send an email and receive confidential, non-judgmental information about the least expensive way to arrange abortion and travel, clinics that ASN works with in several EU countries, and, where necessary, receive financial help towards the cost of travelling from your home country and paying privately to access a safe, legal abortion.
Currently Malta is the only country in Europe where abortion is completely against the law, whereas the law in Gibraltar allows abortion to save a woman’s life.
Not fully human
Great strides in some areas, but Malta's human rights record remains blotted
Monday, December 10, 2018
by Lara Dimitrijevic
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
I start with this quote, because it explains so succinctly what human rights are, or, at least, what they should be – that human rights apply to all, in every corner of the world.
Malta sets stage for abortion debate
By Mario Cacciottolo
19 October 2018
Malta is the only country in the EU where abortion remains illegal, and is still a taboo subject for many. But now, a ground-breaking play featuring local voices from both sides of the debate is trying to change that.
It is estimated that hundreds of women leave Malta each year to have an abortion overseas, usually in the UK or Italy. Others illegally buy abortion pills online.
Womens' Rights Activists Break The Mould And Urge Malta To Legalise Abortion
The Women’s Rights Foundation want access to safe and legal abortion
March 11, 2018
The Women's Rights Foundation has called for access to safe and legal abortion in a press conference in front of Parliament in Valletta. Calling abortion a human right, they demanded a national policy that would give this right to Maltese woman.
They said that abortion should at least be given in the following circumstances: "To save a woman’s life, to preserve a woman’s physical and mental health, in cases of rape and incest and in cases of fatal foetus impairment.”
Women’s Rights Movement Reports Death Threats To Police After Landmark Abortion Proposal
Maltese man warned women's rights activists that 'I have a bullet ready for those killers'
March 11, 2018
The Women’s Rights Foundation has reported a man to the police after he posted a series of death threats on Facebook in the wake of the Foundation’s call for Malta to provide safe and legal abortion.
The man in question had commented under a Times of Malta article that “I have a bullet ready for those killers”. He also got into an argument with a women’s rights activist on MaltaToday’s Facebook page, posting threatening comments such as “people that play with fire get burnt!! And I am ready to burn” and “I THREATEN CHILD KILLERS AND ITS NOT A THREAT ITS A PROMISE”.
Times Of Malta Blames 'Liberal Thought' For Leading To Abortion Debate
And some readers are outraged
Feb 10, 2017
Times Of Malta shocked its more liberal readers this week after it made a public call to "fiercely" oppose abortion and fight back against "the onslaught of liberal thought emphasising individual choice".
Representing the voice of the newspaper, the editorial decried the introduction of the morning-after pill and civil unions for gay couples.
"Sadly, is has been a slow but gradual development to reach this point. First to go was the family model of mother and father through the Civil Unions Act that introduced gay marriage with adoption rights through the backdoor," claimed Tuesday's editorial, titled It’s Only Right If Abortion’s Wrong.
Continued at source: LovinMalta: https://lovinmalta.com/news/local/times-of-maltas-battlecry-against-abortion