Euronews Drops the A-Word on Malta

The first rule of Malta is we don't talk about abortion

Euronews has aired a 10-minute special feature about Malta's abortion ban, interviewing Maltese women who are calling for a discussion on reproductive rights and the morning-after pill.

The full report can be read here.

Abortion is totally banned and a big taboo in Malta. 

The Euronews feature makes reference to a recent MaltaToday survey which showed softening public opinion towards abortion and other taboos.

Euronews spoke to two women about their abortions on condition of anonymity, as well as a Maltese doctor, who also kept her identity concealed.

Nikita Zammit Alamango, chairperson of a women's group in the Labour party, told Euronews she wanted more women to come out and speak up. 

"If we want the change we need to speak up for it," she said.

Francesca Fenech Conti, who runs a Facebook group promoting women's rights, said: "At least, we want to start talking about the possibility of having a choice. We want to start an informed discussion. We hope we are the beginning of some changes in Malta for women."

Euronews also spoke to Paul Vincenti from Gift of Life who said the majority of Maltese people believe life begins at conception. 

"It's unthinkable that we would kill another human being just because they're wanted or unwanted," he said.

Brace yourselves. The A-Bomb has dropped.