Doctors for Life has launched a bid to seize control of Malta’s Medical Council and form an anti-abortion majority after it sent out an email to medical professionals identifying the pro-life candidates to vote for.
Several doctors who received the email and do not form part of either Doctors for Life or Doctors for Choice spoke to Lovin Malta after growing concerned by the attempt to make abortion a sole issue in the election of the Malta Medical Council.
“The Malta medical council has multiple roles and candidates should not be campaigning on abortion as a sole issue,” the doctors said.
“Doctors should not be asked to vote for council members simply because they are pro-life, ignoring all other issues, they continued. “Members of the medical council should be impartial when fulfilling their duties.”
After decades of silence, the debate surrounding abortion is reaching the mainstream, particularly within the medical profession.
Doctors for Choice was formed just as the other pro-choice groups began cropping up on the island. This, understandably, created a counter movement in the staunchly Catholic Malta, with 670 pro-life doctors coming together, including President George Vella.
There have even been issues surrounding the morning-after pill within Mater Dei, with the emergency contraception still not being offered to rape victims admitted to the state hospital.
The UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child and Malta’s Office of the Commissioner for Children (OCC) have both weighed in on the debate, seemingly taking a pro-choice stance and invoking furious criticism online.