Three Women In Malta Have Been Charged With Performing An Abortion On Themselves Since 2000

Two of the women were handed suspended sentences

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Three women in Malta have been charged with performing an abortion on themselves since 2000, Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia has revealed.

Replying to a parliamentary question from PN MP Karol Aquilina, Farrugia explained how the first of these three cases involved a 23-year-old Maltese woman. The woman was placed under a three-year probation order.

The second, which took place in 2014, involved a 29-year-old foreigner who sentenced to an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

The third, also taking place in 2014, saw a 30-year-old foreigner sentence to a two year suspended prison sentence.

While the Labour Party did not include it in their 2017 manifesto, with Muscat repeatedly saying that the government does not have a mandate to introduce the practice, the debate surrounding the subject has begun to gather steam, with Malta’s first ever pro-choice movement launching a few weeks ago.

Abortion remains a particularly taboo topic in Malta. Smaller parties have begun to debate the subject, with Alternattiva Demokratika MEP candidate MEP Mina Tolu calling for a civilised discussion

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Julian Bonnici