Labour MP Cressida Galea has refused to clarify publicly whether she agrees with the legalisation of abortion or not.
Interviewed by Andrew Azzopardi on 103 Malta’s Heart, Galea – who is the PL’s youngest MP – was asked straight out whether she agrees with the legalisation of aboriton.
“It’s a very sensitive topic and I don’t think that I, as a politician and individual, should express myself to society,” she responded.
“It’s very important for a discussion to take place, which includes all sections of society and we can see this happening. Society has started discussing abortion, even if politicians haven’t, and many people are expressing themselves. What I can say is that the mother’s health and security must be prioritised above everything else.”
Asked whether this means she disagrees with abortion, Galea responded that “I’m not saying that… I’m saying that discussion should be holistic.”
Malta’s abortion laws, which are among the strictest in the world, were recently placed under the international spotlight after US tourist Andrea Prudente wasn’t allowed to terminate her unviable pregnancy.
Following this case, Health Minister Chris Fearne announced a review of the law to ensure that Malta’s blanket abortion ban doesn’t prevent doctors from saving women’s lives.
The topic remains a political taboo, and only one MP – PL’s Rosianne Cutajar – has publicly called for the laws to change.
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