Labour MEP Alfred Sant, who scorned 2005 bid to entrench abortion crime in Constitution, calls for open
20 September 2020
by Karl Azzopardi
Labour MEP Alfred Sant has welcomed the growing debate on abortion, stating the time of shaming people who are pro-choice must stop.
“It’s useless for those who are against abortion to present people who are in favour of abortion as outsiders or heartless people,” Sant said.
The shutdown from COVID-19 in Malta laid bare the barriers for women to have access to abortion services
23 July 2020
by Matthew Vella
The shutdown from COVID-19 in Malta laid bare the barriers for women to have access to abortion services, with more people reaching out to activists and charities and seeking medical abortion pills online.
Pro-choice activist Liza Caruana-Finkel, an independent researcher, said COVID-19 had highlighted the problems of a system in which pregnant people in Malta secretly travel for abortions abroad or secretly order abortion pills online.
By Sam Vassallo July 23, 2020
Pain, stigma and threats of police action to women by politicians will only end when Malta’s laws on abortion are changed, women’s rights activists warned after Nationalist MP Therese Comodini Cachia’s abortion comments.
In an interview with Lovin Malta, Nationalist MP and possible Opposition Leader successor Comodini Cachia said that the abortion debate in Malta must not be made partisan and that current legislature “often leaves women in difficult situations”.
July 20, 2020
It is widely, although falsely, assumed that there is only one possible true moral belief system and that, therefore, those who do not espouse those views must be acting immorally.
If this were the case, any form of moral argument would be superfluous.
Women turn to backstreet abortions during coronavirus
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Women across Europe are struggling to get abortions because of the coronavirus pandemic.
June 23, 2020
Charities report rise in Maltese requests for abortion pills during lockdown
Women in Malta, where abortion is banned, have been unable to travel abroad for terminations
Published on Fri 19 Jun 2020
Women in Malta seeking an abortion during the pandemic are being forced to procure their own miscarriage or keep an unwanted pregnancy, even when the child has a severe abnormality.
Overseas charities have reported large increases in requests for abortion pills from women in Malta during the pandemic. Women On Web, an online community based in the Netherlands, received 45 pill requests in March and 47 in April, up from 18 in February, with three women who requested abortion pills saying they had been raped by their partner during lockdown.
Maltese MEP Comes Out As ‘Leaning Pro-Choice’ And Says Legalising Abortion Is ‘Inevitable’
By Sam Vassallo
June 12, 2020
Former Maltese Prime Minister and current MEP Alfred Sant confirmed he is “leaning towards pro-choice” on the issue of abortion, saying its legalisation is “inevitable”.
Malta’s blanket ban on abortion made international news with anonymous testimonies of Maltese women who had abortions; interviews with local pro-choice NGOs and a surprising revelation from Maltese MEP Alfred Sant.
'Like Ireland on steroids': Malta's abortion taboo leaves women in despair
Border closures have trapped women seeking safe terminations and exposed the plight of those who cannot afford to travel
Megan Clement and Bertrand Borg in Valetta
Thu 11 Jun 2020
The nurse who told Marija she was still pregnant thought she was giving her patient good news. She chided Marija, who was seven weeks along, for not starting her vitamins sooner and sent her home.
But Marija (not her real name) was devastated. Six days earlier, she had tried to terminate the pregnancy with abortion pills she ordered online. But she had experienced terrible morning sickness throughout her pregnancy, and had thrown up after taking the first of the two pills. She was worried the medication had not had time to work before she vomited. After taking the second pill and bleeding for a few days, she went to the hospital to find out if she had miscarried.
COVID-19 exposed how women continue to be 'disproportionately affected in society'
Sunday, 31 May 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted, both locally and on a global scale, how women continue to be disproportionately affected; whether with regard to violence, losing their jobs, or not gaining full accessibility to the contraceptive pill, women’s rights activist and lawyer Lara Dimitrijevic told The Malta Independent on Sunday.
“In the ideal post-COVID-19 reality, authorities need to stop throwing the word equality around. Policymakers need to truly see how women are being affected and ensure that the required change takes place. We need to be practical and listen to one another if we genuinely want to reach equality. Women are suffering and I believe that sexual reproductive rights are an integral part of women’s rights and we need to acknowledge that.”
Malta looks to Ireland in campaign for legal abortion
Monday, 25 May 2020
By Ailbhe Conneely, Social Affairs & Religion Correspondent
The second anniversary of the referendum on the 8th amendment has arrived, and has barely made a dent in the news coverage due to Covid-19.
Arguably, the appetite for the story is no longer there, but it is a topic that will never be far from the headlines.
Legislation underpinning the current service will be reviewed next year, for example.