by Steven Ertelt
October 10, 2007
Valleta, Malta (LifeNews.com) — The director of the group that runs the abortion ship spoke yesterday in Malta, an island nation that is one of just a handful in Europe to prohibit abortions. She had considerable difficulty answering a question about whether she had an abortion and told the media that women from Malta are asking her about how to get abortions.
Rebecca Gomperts stammered and stumbled over her words when asked by Malta media outlets whether she had an abortion.
"I don’t think that… erm… The erm… The reason why I hesitate to answer this question is because by making it… erm… I think I am a woman like all the others," she said, according to a Times of Malta report.
"Like I said, 46 million women have an abortion each year, so I don’t think that my personal experience in that matter makes a difference," she said.
The Times reported that she said in her speech that a small number of Maltese women have asked her group how they can get abortions
Gomperts also appeared to admit that some women have difficult and troublesome abortion experiences.
"I’ve had so many women against abortion who came to me because they felt their situation was different," she admitted, according to the newspaper.
At the same time, she contended that abortion is safer than childbirth and dismissed the millions of women who have had emotional and psychological problems following their abortions.
"I know there are some women who regret being in this position. They don’t regret the position per se because they would have still done it if faced with the same situation. They regret having to make the decision," she said.
Later, despite evidence showing significant issues for teenagers, she said she would do an abortion on a 15-year-old if she wanted one.
"For young women it’s more dangerous to give birth. I don’t think that abortion has an extra risk," she said.