Three Women In Malta Have Been Charged With Performing An Abortion On Themselves Since 2000
Two of the women were handed suspended sentences
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