Malta: The only EU country where abortion is illegal leaves women scared

By Jessica Parker and Sira Thierij, BBC News, Malta
Aug 11, 2022

Alone, in her family bathroom, a woman secretly searches for information about abortion on her phone. This was Maria - not her real name - after finding out she was pregnant.

"I was scared," she says. "I didn't know what the police [would] do. I thought maybe they would be searching for people googling the word abortion. And then you obviously get paranoid and your thoughts get carried away."


Is Europe next? Concerns over abortion rights rise after Supreme Court overturns Roe

“The fact it’s become a talking point is a massive step forward. Whatever anyone’s views are on abortion, it’s not helpful if we can’t talk about it,” one abortion rights opponent said.

Aug. 7, 2022
By Patrick Smith

LONDON — Abortion rights opponents have long been stuck on the fringes of politics in much of Western Europe. The Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has many in the movement hoping that is about to change.

That abortion was thrust into the headlines and onto the agenda has been a big step forward, said Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, a co-director of March for Life U.K., an annual event in September in London.


Malta’s Regressive Abortion Laws Tarnish Its LGBTQ-Friendly Reputation

Alana Moceri , World Politics Review
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

This spring, Malta was crowned the top European country
for LGBTQ rights and freedoms by the annual ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Index for the
seventh year in a row. The Mediterranean island country didn’t just win the top
spot. It dominated the rankings, with a score of 92 percent—nearly 20 points
above its nearest competitor, Denmark.

This recognition did not come to Malta via a high-priced PR campaign or effort to “brand” Malta as the LGBTQ dream destination. Rather, it is the result of good policymaking that ensures rights for LGBTQ people on the three islands that make up the country. However, given that Malta also has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, what looks like a glowing public diplomacy success story also highlights the ways in which policy inconsistency can muddle a country’s image and the work they’ve put into building it.


Ireland – This woman died because of an abortion ban. Americans fear they could be next.

I think maternal mortality will go up,” said the expert who wrote Ireland's official report on the death of Dr. Savita Halappanavar, who was denied an abortion.

July 4, 2022
By Patrick Smith

After the Supreme Court’s historic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, some doctors are highlighting the 2012 death of a pregnant woman in Ireland and warning that the same thing could happen on a large scale in the United States.

Dr. Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian-born dentist, died in 2012 in Galway, on Ireland’s west coast, after she was denied an abortion by doctors who cited the country’s strict laws, despite there being no chance of her baby’s survival, according to Ireland’s official report on the case.


How this American on vacation survived after Malta denied her a life-saving abortion

American Andrea Prudente was a denied a life-saving abortion while on vacation in Malta. She flew to Spain and received care on the day Roe was overturned.

June 28, 2022
By Danielle Campoamor

An American woman vacationing in Malta was denied a life-saving abortion while miscarrying. She was able to leave the country and get care in Spain, on what happened to be the day Roe v. Wade was overturned in the U.S.

Andrea Prudente, 38, and Jay Weeldreyer, 45, planned to leave their babymoon in Malta with a slew of pictures and cherished memories. Instead, they left on an emergency flight to Spain. Malta has one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the world — something the couple didn't know before booking their vacation, as TODAY Parents previously reported.

Andrea Prudente: imperilled US woman set to travel to Spain after abortion refusal in Malta

By Joshua Askew 

The life of a US woman is in grave danger after Maltese doctors refused to grant her a potentially life-saving abortion following a medical emergency, her partner Jay Weeldreyer told Euronews.

Andrea Prudente, who was on holiday in Malta with Weeldreyer for a "babymoon" holiday, suffered a premature breaking of her waters on Thursday.


US woman left traumatised after Malta hospital refuses life-saving abortion

‘Desperate’ tourist who fell foul of country’s total ban fears for her life if complications set in while she waits for transfer to UK

Megan Clement and Weronika Strzyżyńska
Wed 22 Jun 2022

Doctors have denied an American woman on holiday in Malta a potentially life-saving abortion, despite saying her baby had a “zero chance” of survival after she was admitted to hospital with severe bleeding in her 16th week of pregnancy.

Despite an “extreme risk” of haemorrhage and infection, doctors at the Mater Dei hospital in Msida told Andrea Prudente that they would not perform a termination because of the country’s total ban on abortion.