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Legalize abortion in Malta, women's organization says

Malta
10.03.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Valletta (dpa) - A women‘s rights organization on Saturday presented a case for the introduction of abortion in Malta, one of the few remaining countries that bans the procedure under any circumstances. 

Andreana Dibben and Lara Dimitrijevic from the Women‘s Rights Foundation called for the provision of access to safe and legal abortion for all women in Malta through the public health system and licensed private providers.

Through a position paper, they said abortion should be provided in the following circumstances: to save a woman‘s life; to preserve a woman‘s physical and mental health; in cases of rape or incest; and in cases of fatal foetus impairment.

"This is a human rights issue and it should not be decided by the majority," Dibben told reporters.

A recent opinion poll conducted by newspaper Malta Today showed the vast majority of Maltese remain against the introduction of abortion in all cases.

Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks recently stirred controversy on the Mediterranean island when he said women‘s rights in Malta were jeopardized by the abortion ban.

Since the introduction of divorce in 2011, Malta has seen some of the most sweeping changes governing social and sexual rights, including the introduction of gay marriage in 2017.

Yet along with five other states - Chile, El Salvador, the Vatican, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua - Malta still refuses abortions to women under any circumstances, even if it is carried out to save her life.

Ireland will be going to the polls in May to vote on liberalizing the country‘s restrictive abortion laws.

 

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