Stock photo of a pro-choice rally in Ireland
It would have been unthinkable in the past, but Malta’s first ever pro-choice movement is set to launch this weekend to campaign for the legalisation of abortion.
Details are still scant at this stage, but the movement is expected to include the Women’s Rights Foundation and Moviment Graffitti, both of whom have been sharing the upcoming launch on social media.
“We are a group of civil society organisations and individuals that together want to work for reproductive rights and justice in Malta,” the movement, which is called Voice For Choice, said. “We are grassroot organisations that represent various sectors of our society, as well as individuals that are passionate about reproductive health and rights.”
“Abortion continues to remain criminalised in Malta in all circumstances. We know that the reality is that women in Malta are still seeking and having abortions. However, this comes at both a financial and a social cost as these women continue to live in fear, stigma and shame in our society.”
“Malta is a compassionate country that has over the decades ensured full inclusivity. It is time that the laws related to abortion follow suit so as to reflect the reality of people’s lives. We are here to ensure that all pregnant persons, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, beliefs or age are supported, respected and protected whatever their choices.”
The launch will be held at City Lights in Valletta and will include a screening of the documentary ‘The Abortion Diaries’ and a panel discussion.
Abortion remains a particularly taboo topic in Malta, with no politician from Labour or PN openly willing to even discuss loosening the law. However, debate is fermenting within the smaller parties, with Alternattiva Demokratika MEP candidate MEP Mina Tolu calling for a civilised discussion and Partit Demokratiku MEP candidate Cami Appelgren voicing pro-choice comments during a Facebook debate. However, she has since promised not to campaign for abortion.
Featured Image: A recent pro-life rally in Valletta. Photo: Life Network