‘Historic’ and ‘shocking’ – Malta reacts to Bill to decriminalise abortion
, ‘Historic’ and ‘shocking’ – Malta reacts to Bill to decriminalise abortion

A Private Member’s Bill that aims to decriminalise abortion in Malta has been hailed as “historic” by pro-choice groups and described as “shocking” and “deceitful” by the pro-life lobby.

The Bill was presented in Parliament by independent MP Marlene Farrugia on Wednesday evening.

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It was welcomed by the Women’s Rights Foundation, whose members were waiting to meet Farrugia outside the House of Representatives.

Our director Dr. Lara Dimitrijevic catching up with honorable Dr. Marlene Farrugia and Hon. Dr. Godfrey Farrugia right now in front of the parliament

Posted by Women’s Rights Foundation on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Another pro-choice group, Parents for Choice Malta, described the Bill as “historic.” It noted that Malta is the only EU state with a total blanket ban and where abortion is criminal offence.

Historic Moment As a bill is tabled in Maltese Parliament to finally decriminalise abortion in Malta The only EU state…

Posted by Parents for Choice Malta on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Voice For Choice – L-għażla tagħha said its campaign continues “until the women and doctors in Malta are free of 19th  century laws.”

Thank you everyone who showed up this afternoon. It was a short notice and we apologise to those who planned to come…

Posted by Voice For Choice – L-għażla tagħha on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Pro-life group LifeNetwork Foudnation said it was “shocked” by the development.

Shocked beyond belief. The law is there to make a statement. Decriminalisation means that abortion is not wrong. Decriminalisation is the platform to bring in abortion in Malta.

It is very clear. Do not be deceived,” it said.

Shocked beyond belief!! The law is there to make a statement. Decriminalisation = Abortion is not wrong. DECRIMINALISATION is the platform to bring in abortion in Malta. It is very clear. DO NOT BE DECEIVED

Posted by LifeNetwork Foundation Malta on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Former Opposition Leader Adrian Delia said he respects every woman as a person, as a human. “Just as I respect every person who is still just a baby in the womb.”

The value of life is “inalienable”, he said, adding that politics for him are based on values, not on votes. “This is what we stand for.”

Nirrispetta lil kull mara Bħala persuna, bħala umana. Kif nirrispetta lil kull persuna li għadha biss tarbija fil-ġuf….

Posted by Adrian Delia on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Valletta Cultural Agency and One Productions chairman Jason Micallef told Marlene Farrugia to “get stuffed,” adding that she does not deserve better.

Many, he said, were playing the progressives on very serious issues without a serious discussion.

“Legalisation of cannabis, abortion … what’s next?” he asked.

Mur tnejjek Marlene Farrugia ma jisthoqlokx mod iehor. Spiccajna kullhad ifajjar biex jilghabu tal-progressivi fuq…

Posted by Jason Micallef on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ADPD’s Carmel Cacopardo said this was a “great step forward” that would lead to a much-needed discussion that the country has been avoiding for years.

Bla dubju dan hu pass kbir il-quddiem. Li jkollna l-kuraġġ li niddiskutu dan kollu hu essenzjali. Ilna is-snin bħala…

Posted by Carmel Cacopardo on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 

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