The Malta Independent 24 October 2020, Saturday

Pregnant abuse victim faces travel ban after partner claims she wants abortion abroad, NGO says

Giulia Magri Thursday, 24 September 2020, 13:08 Last update: about 29 days ago

A pregnant victim of domestic abuse is facing a travel ban after her partner alleged that she plans on having an abortion abroad, the Women’s Rights Foundation said on Thursday.

The Women’s Rights Foundation (WRF), which is representing the victim, published a statement on Facebook announcing that they are fighting a legal court case on behalf of a pregnant woman who is being denied her right to freedom of movement and privacy after a warrant was placed on her.

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“She has been faced with a warrant placed on her PERSON, prohibiting her from travelling following false allegations by the perpetrator that she plans to have an abortion abroad.”

“This is not only contrary to her right to freedom of movement, but also is in breach of her fundamental right to privacy and blatant gender discrimination just because she is a woman”, WRF said.

The Foundation stated that the provisional injunction has been in place for a week and will remain in place until the court makes a decision, meaning that her fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms are being breached.

Moviment Graffitti also published a statement on the matter, wherein it said that there can be no gender equality when women’s bodies and lives are policed by perpetrators of violence, by the courts, and by the State.

“This woman cannot legally be prevented from travelling, independently of whether she wants to travel abroad for an abortion, which is legal outside Maltese jurisdiction”, the NGO said.

“The courts are breaking the law and the woman’s human rights in the process.”

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