Progressive party Volt calls for the legalisation of abortion in Malta

Progressive party Volt calls for the legalisation of abortion in Malta

26 Sept 2022
The party urges Health Minister Chris Fearne to submit empathetic & ambitious amendments to Malta’s abortion laws.
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The party urges Health Minister Chris Fearne to submit empathetic & ambitious amendments to Malta’s abortion laws.

On the 25th of September, Volt Malta joined the Pro-Choice rally organised by the Voice For Choice - L-għażla tagħha coalition. 

As the first pro-choice party in Malta, it reiterates its call for the legalisation of abortion in Malta. 

‘‘Hundreds of people in Malta have abortions every year; those who can afford it have it abroad and those who can’t, either order pills discreetly or resort to unsafe solutions’’, spoke Alexia DeBono, Co-President & former candidate. 

‘‘The first obvious solution is to decriminalise abortion’’ adds Arnas Lasys, Co-President of Volt Malta, ‘‘abortion doesn’t belong in the criminal code, it’s a matter of healthcare’’.

The party then urges Malta to legalise abortive pills i.e legalising medication abortions. This procedure simply involves the consumption of 2 pills, mifepristone followed by misoprostol. These can be safely taken in the first trimester. 

Volt Malta reiterates the importance of decriminalisation - no one should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term, and the right to bodily autonomy must be respected. Furthermore, Prudente’s non-viable, potentially life-threatening pregnancy situation isn’t the only one to have ever happened, and it won’t be the last unless the law is amended. The stories of many locals go unheard and they don’t have the benefit of being airlifted to another country to have the procedure. 

‘‘The broad majority of Malta’s population doesn’t want to imprison those who have abortions, and any cosmetic change to the law won’t placate the movement for serious reform, Minister Chris Fearne must step up to the occasion,’’ added Matthias Portelli, Volt Malta’s Policy Lead.