The Malta Independent 3 August 2021, Tuesday

PL has no intention whatsoever to legalise abortion, ‘now or in the future’ - Sant

Sunday, 31 March 2019, 08:31 Last update: about 3 years ago

Those who cheer on local or foreign MEPs in their criticism or even their condemnation of the current Maltese government on the rule of law, are mum when it comes to the European Parliament’s condemnation of Malta’s failure to introduce abortion, Labour MEP Alfred Sant said.

These do not comment when they realise that according to its own judgements the European Parliament would be condemning Malta because it has not introduced abortion. Those who keep harping at the European Parliament on the supposed need of the rule of law in Malta are unwittingly opening the road to abortion in the Maltese Islands. European MEPs encouraging these people in their battle cry could justifiably point out that not the same whoop is given to the cause of abortion.

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Sant said that abortion is in no way part of the programme of Malta’s Labour government.

It is not surprising, Dr Sant maintained, that those who attempt to counter the current govenment’s successes in the Maltese Islands by smeer puffery, also drag abortion into the fray.

“It is certainly true that a large majority of countries and citizens of the European Union consider abortion to be a natural right of women, and that, where accepted, provide facilities for its safe performance. Nevertheless, it is also certainly true that in the Maltese Islands a very large majority opposes abortion, and this is also true of all political parties.”

Alfred Sant insisted that the Maltese Labour government has no intention whatsoever to introduce abortion in Malta, now or in the future, and about this there is no equivocation. This is a credible policy, Dr Sant insisted, because it is perfectly consistent with the tradition of socialist leadership in the Maltese Islands.

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