Times Of Malta Blames 'Liberal Thought' For Leading To Abortion Debate
And some readers are outraged
Times Of Malta shocked its more liberal readers this week after it made a public call to "fiercely" oppose abortion and fight back against "the onslaught of liberal thought emphasising individual choice".
Representing the voice of the newspaper, the editorial decried the introduction of the morning-after pill and civil unions for gay couples.
"Sadly, is has been a slow but gradual development to reach this point. First to go was the family model of mother and father through the Civil Unions Act that introduced gay marriage with adoption rights through the backdoor," claimed Tuesday's editorial, titled It’s Only Right If Abortion’s Wrong.
"Other government initiatives and laws, clearly intended to please the gay lobby under the guise of equality, were followed by the heated debate on the morning-after pill. Terms and phrases used by the prochoice, pro-abortion lobbies began to be used liberally by those in favour of the emergency contraception."
"Abortion must be fiercely opposed but the battlefield is not a classroom," it concluded, implying that the fight must be fought beyond just schools.
"First to go was the family model of mother and father through the Civil Unions Act that introduced gay marriage with adoption rights through the backdoor... Other government initiatives and laws, clearly intended to please the gay lobby under the guise of equality."
The editorial was inspired by an incident last month where a pro-life campaigner was criticised for giving a graphic tutorial to teenage students at the National Sport School. The incident sparked a petition calling for objective sex education.
"That someone from a pro-life lobby goes to a school to explain the abomination that is abortion is something that should be normal and encouraged. Instead, in this post-truth world, where everything is relative and subjective, the pro-life lobby is being challenged, criticised and petitioned against for doing what is right," said Times of Malta.
"Abortion is illegal, it is wrong and it is immoral," the newspaper concluded.
"This editorial reveals so much about the Times of Malta and what the editorial team really thinks about rights of women, individuals and minorities in Malta."
The Women's Rights Foundation slammed the editorial as proof of the country's "seriously lacking" knowledge and understanding about reproductive and sexual health.
"This editorial reveals so much about the Times of Malta and what the editorial team really thinks about rights of women, individuals and minorities in Malta. It is clear that on these issues, Times of Malta is willing to disregard the facts and lend itself to propagation of biased and prejudiced information. Their right to have and express that editorial policy is recognised, but....what a shame."
"Times of Malta is apparently disappointed that divorcees can resume their lives, that women can prevent an unwanted pregnancy through emergency contraception, that LGBTIQ population is finally considered equal in the eyes of the law, and sadly, that abandoned children can be loved by their adoptive parents, regardless of their gender," the MRF said in a reaction to the editorial.