A Nationalist Party billboard warning against the legalisation of abortion has made it to the BBC, which dedicated part of its Outside Source news programme to Malta’s nascent abortion debate.
“Malta is the only EU country where abortion is entirely illegal, even if the mother’s life is in danger,” a BBC journalist states. “The Opposition party has been putting up these billboards, while Doctors for Choice has been set up, warning that doctors are scared of being struck off for assisting abortions, which carries a four-year sentence.”
The programme cited Opposition leader Adrian Delia’s claim that the upcoming European Parliament election will be a “referendum on abortion” and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s rebuttal that Delia is fear-mongering.
“Malta is traditionally a conservative and Catholic country,” the BBC journalist said. “On the one hand, we have seen legislative changes on things like divorce and same-sex marriage but they’re still massively debating abortion. Malta is a country of fewer than 500,000 people, and today I saw an anti-abortion Facebook group that had over 21,000 people in it. I think we’re yet to see a very wide debate on abortion in Malta.”
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