Malta Pro-Life Advocates Can’t Stop Spain Abortion Business From Running Ads

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 17, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 17, 2006

Floriana, Malta ( — The government of Malta has told pro-life advocates that it can’t stop a Spain abortion business from running ads there, even though the European nation prohibits abortion. Pro-life advocates have been wanting to keep the ads from appearing in their country.

Spanish abortion practitioner Josep Carbonell has been advertising abortions at his Valencia, Spain abortion facility. Moreover, he has been providing controversial free abortions for Maltese women.

Carbonell has said he wants to do abortions at no cost since women living on the island nation can’t get abortions there.

Government officials say they have no grounds on which to stop the advertisements, since the abortions are not done in Malta.

“As long as what he’s promoting is happening abroad, there is nothing legally that can be done about it,” a spokesman for Home Affairs Minister Tonio Borg said yesterday, according to Malta Today. “It is morally reprehensible, but nobody can stop him from advertising services he’s offering in other countries.”

Carbonell says Maltese women are undergoing dangerous illegal abortions, which is why he wants to pay for Maltese women to have abortions at his facility. His offer also includes paying for travel expenses for any Malta woman who is under 25 weeks of pregnancy to have an abortion.

“I know that by promoting abortion in Malta I am risking going to jail," he said Friday, according to Malta Today. "But I am even ready to go to jail to give Maltese women this right."

Abortion has been controversial in Malta because it is one of a few European nations that make it illegal.

In December 2004, the nation’s Catholic bishops condemned a United Nation’s campaign pushing the pro-life country to overturn its pro-life laws.

Maltese bishops criticized a document released by a UN committee urging the nation to consider allowing abortions in cases of rape or incest or supposedly to protect the health of the mother.

In a statement, the bishops called the recommendation "objectionable" and "unacceptable" and urged Malta residents to continue protecting the right to life of unborn children from conception.

"Abortion is and remains the murder of innocent persons, whatever the reason behind it," the bishops said, according to a report by Malta news agency di-ve. "Abortion is fully contrary to the law of God. It is a grave affront to God, who has absolute authority over human life."

The United Nations Human Rights Committee placed Malta and other pro-life nations on a "hit list" of countries that would be subjected to intense lobbying to alter their abortion statutes. Ironically, Malta has a representative on this UN committee.

Archbishop of Malta Joseph Mercieca, Bishop of Gozo Nicholas J. Cauchi, and Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Annetto Depasquale signed the statement.