Independent MP Marlene Farrugia presented a bill to parliament calling for the decriminalization of abortion. Also, opposition leader Bernard Grech has said the Nationalist Party can never back the decriminalization of abortion, while the Labour Party has also come out in opposition to the bill, saying that it was open to discussing the issue but that Farrugia’s bill ‘choked’ the debate says the journal Times Malta (May 17, 2021).
Stong abortion opposition
Malta’s opinion public has a clear view of the nasciturus right to life, his dignity as an individual of our species from which derive his biological and personal status. Malta is a little country that has been accused of violation of women’s rights by EU authorities, international institutions and pro-choice activists all over the world but it continues bravely defying the current trend.
In this respect the current President of Malta George Vella, who is a doctor, says, commenting on the aforementioned bill, “I will never sign a bill that involves the authorization of murder. I cannot stop the executive from deciding, that is up to Parliament. But I do have the liberty, if I don’t agree with a bill, to resign and go home, I have no problem doing this.”