Malta’s debate on abortion should have a pro-life and pro-choice dimension, PN Candidate Joe Giglio has insisted, calling for an introduction of state-provided free contraception and a radical improvement in sexual education.
“Nothing should stop us from having a serious debate that is pro-life and pro-choice. I cannot see why it should only be focused on abortion, we should be looking at a plan A, plan B and plan C.”
“As a plan A, the state should be providing free contraception and work to improve sexual education. Can you believe that the Labour Party’s national curriculum on sexual health is focused on abstinence? That is not reflective of today’s society.”
“And a plan B, we need to ensure that we are offering the availability of the Morning After Pill and that people are properly educated on this choice,” Giglio explained on Lovin Daily.
Giglio, who brought up the topic unprompted, insisted that poor sexual education is resulting in younger generations failing to understand the importance of their body.
Pressed on his pro-life/pro-choice position, Giglio stressed that the two were not contradictory and that he wanted to provide more choices to all, especially women seeking to get an abortion.
“We always go to abortion. I want to give more of a choice than that. As a plan C, it is considered to be a choice or last resort, not the first or only choice. I want to live in a country where we can give women so many choices before they even get to an abortion,” he said.
Malta is currently at grips with a contraceptive crisis, 64% of all pharmacies on the islands supplying emergency contraceptives. Meanwhile, less than 2% of people get tested at Mater Dei’s GU clinic each year.
Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms Rosianne Cutajar has called for the issue to be addressed immediately. However, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne, who has the power to include emergency contraceptives and contraceptives on the essential medicines list, has fallen silent.
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