Parliamentary Secretary for Equality and Reforms Rosianne Cutajar has called out Malta’s outdated approach to abortion as well as the spread of misinformation and lingering stigmas women face regarding the Morning After Pill.
“Malta is the only European country which criminalises abortion, so common sense would tell you that we should be in favour of all use of contraceptives so that we can avoid women facing unwanted pregnancies. Instead we continue the stigma and shaming of women,” Cutajar said last night during a discussion in parliament.
Cutajar emphasised that continued stigma surrounding the belief that the MAP is abortive only worked towards worsening the situation for women who may find themselves in need of the pill.
“Do not believe the lies they tell you,” she continued. “All three MAP pills available in Malta state that they are not abortive. Do not let these people who lie stop you from making your decisions.”
Cutajar went on to state that Malta has been unable to reach its full potential since the sexual liberation movement first made waves back in the 1960s. Noting that due to individuals within our society and in parliament itself Malta remains trapped by prejudice, stigmas and misinformation regarding sexual liberation.
Cutajar also told pharmacists refusing to sell the MAP due to their personal beliefs to reassess their stance – emphasising that if it were in good conscience to sell a condom, then it should be the same for the pill as both are contraceptive rather than abortive.
“We need to have the courage to speak about subjects which we might not feel comfortable with. We cannot be shy to speak about sex, as there is nothing to be ashamed about.”
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