The Malta Independent 2 April 2020, Thursday

82 women in Malta contacted UK charity for help with abortion - Voice for Choice

Friday, 14 February 2020, 09:41 Last update: about 3 months ago

Today  marks exactly one year since the services of Abortion Support Network (ASN) were extended to Malta, Voice for Choice said in a statement.

"During this first year, a total of 82 women have contacted ASN for support."

"Out of the 82, ASN has funded travelling, consultations and abortion care for ten women. The women contacting ASN have ranged between 19 and 46 years of age."

"The vast majority of those who contacted ASN wanted unbiased information about options available to them. The majority of those contacting the charity were seeking information on reputable providers of early medical abortion pills. Several callers could afford the cost of the abortion and travel and just needed guidance on how to make arrangements. Those who needed financial help were given a total of £8,882.74 in grants from the charity, £2,263.52 towards the cost of travel and accommodation and £6,619.22 towards consultations and abortion care services, or an average of £888.74 per client. A few callers stopped contacting the charity after initial email or call, a few were unable to travel due to lack of childcare or immigration status, and some decided, after considering their options, to continue with pregnancy."


On behalf of ASN, founder Mara Clarke said: "While we are unhappy that people from Malta need to contact our charity for help in order to receive factual information about pregnancy options and help with abortion care, we are glad to be of service to anyone in Malta who wants or needs to terminate a pregnancy and lacks the information or funding to do so. We long for the days when our services are no longer necessary, not only for people in Malta, but anywhere else. Until then, ASN remains committed to supporting people in Malta in any way we can, for as long as our services remain needed."

On behalf of Voice for Choice, Dr. Christopher Barbara: "These numbers continue to confirm that women from Malta have had to rely on other countries and NGOs to receive the healthcare they need, because of the inability of policy makers in Malta to put evidence-based medicine and human rights before personal beliefs. It is a shame that Malta continues to deliberately digress from what is internationally considered good medical practice when it comes to abortion care. We do not digress like this in any other medical field, and it is a symptom of women being treated as second class citizens in our country."




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