Protest On Sunday Over Morning-After Pill Proposal

Women want emergency contraception over the counter.


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A protest is being organised in Valletta next Sunday to urge authorities to make the morning-after pill available over the counter.

According to recommendations made by a committees of MPs earlier this week, if the morning-after pill is licensed in Malta it would have to be bought against a doctor's prescription.

Besides a petition that has already amassed hundreds of signatures, activists against these proposals are now preparing to rally in Valletta on October 16th. The protest is being organised by Gender Equality Malta, a non-profit, youth-led organisation.

Organisers who spoke to Lovin Malta said it was crucial for Parliament to realise that the recommendations being made were "not ok".

"There's a reason why the morning-after pill is called emergency contraception: time is of the essence," the organisers wrote on the Facebook event page.

"People should be allowed to buy the morning after pill at the pharmacist of their own choice, without fear of judgement or refusal,"  they added.

The protest will begin at 10am where activists will be raising awareness on the morning-after pill. At noon, a short walk will be held from St George's Square to Parliament.


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