Three women in Malta have been charged with performing an abortion on themselves since 2000, Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia has revealed.
Replying to a parliamentary question from PN MP Karol Aquilina, Farrugia explained how the first of these three cases involved a 23-year-old Maltese woman. The woman was placed under a three-year probation order.
The second, which took place in 2014, involved a 29-year-old foreigner who sentenced to an 18-month suspended prison sentence.
The third, also taking place in 2014, saw a 30-year-old foreigner sentence to a two year suspended prison sentence.
While the Labour Party did not include it in their 2017 manifesto, with Muscat repeatedly saying that the government does not have a mandate to introduce the practice, the debate surrounding the subject has begun to gather steam, with Malta’s first ever pro-choice movement launching a few weeks ago.
Abortion remains a particularly taboo topic in Malta. Smaller parties have begun to debate the subject, with Alternattiva Demokratika MEP candidate MEP Mina Tolu calling for a civilised discussion