After describing the upcoming European Parliament election as a “referendum on abortion”, Opposition leader Adrian Delia said he will not interpret a win for Labour as a sign that the Maltese public is pro-choice.
“It’s not technically a referendum obviously,” Delia told Lovin Malta. “If PL wins more seats than PN, I won’t interpret it as a sign that the Maltese public is in favour of abortion, but that we are one step closer towards legalising abortion.”
Delia cited a recent MaltaToday survey, which showed that the vast majority are against abortion in all instances except when the mother’s life is in danger.
However, he urged the public to view the election as a choice between the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Party of European Socialists (PES), the European political groups that the PN and PL respectively form part of, and their respective candidates for the post of European Commission President.
Noting that the PES manifesto strongly hints at a pro-choice stance, Delia warned that the European Commission could introduce abortion if the European Parliament ends up appointing the PES’ candidate Frans Timmermans.
“If Timmermans is elected, he’ll be elected on the back of his manifesto, and if he then introduces abortion as a fundamental human right, the European Court of Human Rights could pressure Malta to legalise abortion,” he argued.
“Joseph Muscat is trying to influence people into believing this election is a choice between himself and myself, when it’s actually part of a European election that will ultimately decide who the next European Commission President will be,” Delia continued. “The EPP candidate [Manfred Weber] is clearly pro-life and Frans Timmermans is clearly pro-choice, just as he is in favour of tax harmonisation.”
“If you’re truly against abortion, then you can’t vote for Timmermans or the Socialist candidates.”
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat today accused Delia of ridiculing a very important subject that deserves a serious public discussion.
“Dr Delia saw a panic button in front of him and he pressed it,” he told the press. “In my belief, he has embarked on a very short-term and short-sighted survival strategy and it is only those who lack valid arguments resort to scaremongering,” he said.”The government has no mandate to legalise abortion and it is irresponsible of Adrian Delia to make such declarations that will come back to haunt him.”
What do you make of these latest clarifications?