Abortion activists are turning their attention to the island of Malta to push their radical abortion agenda.
The small Mediterranean nation is one of the few countries left in Europe that protects unborn babies’ right to life. Ireland, which also is under intense pressure to legalize abortion, has a vote on its pro-life constitutional amendment slated for the summer of 2018.
This week, the Women’s Rights Foundation NGO bashed Malta’s pro-life laws, claiming the country is burying “its head in the sand” on abortion, the Times of Malta reports.
Lara Dimitrijevic, director of the pro-abortion NGO, said the country needs to stop ignoring women’s “reproductive rights” and start allowing them to have abortions.
“Malta has made great strides in terms of civil rights, and we feel that it is equally ready to discuss matters related to women’s reproductive rights,” Dimitrijevic told the news outlet.
Here’s more from the report:
She was speaking in reaction to comments made by Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, who made headlines last week when he called for a public debate on abortion.
The NGO echoed the sentiment of the Commissioner, who hoped to set the ball rolling for a public debate on abortion.
Describing Malta as “one of the most restrictive regimes” in the area of reproductive rights, Mr Muižnieks lamented the taboo surrounding abortion.
“Every individual or organisation should have the possibility to speak up in support of women’s rights without fearing stigma or negative repercussions,” he said.
A few years ago, international abortion supporters also accused Malta of “torture” because the country protects unborn babies’ lives. The accusation came from the International Commission of Jurists, a human rights organization, in a report to the Human Rights Council. The organization accused Malta of unnecessarily endangering women’s lives by prohibiting abortions.
The ICJ criticized Malta for denying abortion “for therapeutic reasons” claiming its pro-life laws are a violation of the right to health, and are a form of torture.
Malta protects unborn babies’ right to life in all circumstances, and has excellent maternal health care.