by Steven Ertelt
October 10, 2007
Valleta, Malta (LifeNews.com) — As the director of the pro-abortion group that operates the abortion ship arrives for a speech on the island nation, Malta’s leading Catholic bishops are making it clear that it should oppose abortion. The abortion ship has targeted the people of Ireland, Portugal and Poland and Malta could be next because of its pro-life laws.
Rebecca Gomperts visits Malta today to deliver a speech advocating legal abortions.
Gomperts is the director of Women on Waves, the pro-abortion organization that has taken its converted tugboat to international waters outside pro-life nations to give women the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.
But, in a joint statement, H.E. Archbishop Mgr. Paul Cremona O.P., Archbishop of Malta, and H.E. Bishop Mgr. Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo both said abortion was not something residents should support.
"The first and most fundamental right of human beings is the right to life. Without life, people cannot enjoy any other right or benefit in the world," they said, according to a Malta Star report.
"Because of this, we also have the duty to defend the life of every human being, above all of those who are weak and cannot defend themselves," they added.
They did not refer to Gomperts directly but the statement was timed to coincide with her speech.
“Abortion is not a choice. Abortion is murder. Abortion is not a right. Abortion is the denial of rights. Abortion is not good for society. Abortion is the destruction of human beings and civil society," the Catholic bishops said.
Gompert’s speech “The Right to a Dignified Motherhood: The Crucial Abortion Issue," is intended to persuade Maltese citizens to want to remove the nation from the list of three — including Ireland and Poland — that prohibit abortions.
The speech will take place at the Castille Hotel, according to the Malta Independent newspaper, and moderator Emmy Bezzina says she hopes the talk will "generate a positive discussion on the subject."
Pro-life advocates from the group Gift of Life say they plan on protesting the event, especially if information on how to obtain abortions is distributed.
Gomperts previously told the newspaper Malta could wind up as the next country slated for a visit from the abortion ship.
“Malta is definitely one of the countries on our list, although we have no definite decision as yet and as such cannot exclude or confirm traveling to Malta," she said. "We would, however, really like to come to Malta as we have already campaigned in the other European States where abortion was or is illegal."
“With Malta being the only such country where we have not yet campaigned, I believe that the country should definitely be included in our itinerary," she added.
The abortion ship is confronting several issues with the Dutch government where it is registered before it can travel to nations to promote abortions.
The Netherlands has mandated that the abortion ship not do abortions any later than seven weeks into pregnancy and that it have an agreement with a local hospital in the nation it anchors outside of in case a botched abortion requires immediate medical attention.
Women on Waves is appealing the decision before it travels to any additional nations.