Voice for Choice, Malta’s first ever pro-choice movement is set to launch this weekend to campaign for the legalisation of abortion. The Women’s Rights Foundation and Moviment Graffitti have been sharing an invitation to 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. We are grassroots 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.”
While no politicians from two of the main parties is openly willing to discuss law reform, debate is taking place in others, with Alternattiva Demokratika MEP candidate Mina Tolu calling for a civilised discussion and Partit Demokratiku MEP candidate Cami Appelgren coming out as pro-choice.
Details of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1901655369957207
SOURCE: Lovinmalta by Tim Diacono, 4 March 2019