The Malta Independent 28 January 2023, Saturday
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Abortion amendment bill: Anti-abortion coalition still waiting for a meeting with PM

Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 12:07 Last update: about 3 months ago

The Life Network Foundation, Doctors for Life and I See Life are still waiting for a meeting with Prime Minister Robert Abela over a discussion on the controversial abortion bill, which the groups are campaigning against.

A bill that will make abortion decriminalised when a pregnant woman's life is at risk, or her health is in "grave jeopardy" is being discussed in parliament, which intends to free doctors and pregnant women from the threat of criminal prosecution if a pregnancy is terminated for those reasons.

The PN, as well as many organisations and groups, are disagreeing with the proposal, arguing that its wording is too open and vague, allowing for the introduction of abortion in the country.

In a statement, The Life Network Foundation said that it noted the comments Abela had given to the media yesterday, where he said that government is open to changing the wording of the bill of the abortion law currently being debated in Parliament.

The groups noted that Abela has affirmed that he is ready to dialogue and listen to everyone. The three organizations had penned a letter to the Prime Minister on 1 December, requesting for a meeting with him.

In the letter, the groups asked Abela to consider the position paper created by the group of 80 experts, as well as the proposed alternative clause which changes the wording of the current government clause, specifying also what ‘health’ means.

The Prime Minister has yet to send an invitation for a meeting with the groups.

The coalition said that they want to discuss the concerns of many regarding the bill, as expressed last Sunday during the public protest against the bill. More than 20,000 individuals attended the protest in Valletta.

The groups said that the online petition, found in salvani.eu, now has close to 25,000 signatories.

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