The Malta Independent 26 February 2024, Monday
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Life Network Foundation disassociates itself from call for referendum on abortion

Tuesday, 5 December 2023, 14:10 Last update: about 4 months ago

The Life Network Foundation, organisers of the March for Life, in Tuesday disassociated themselves from third party groups calling for a referendum on abortion. This statement is being issued because a section of the media gave the impression that the March for Life was made for the purpose of supporting a proposal for an abrogative referendum, the foundation said in a statement.

The Life Network Foundation affirms, as the organiser for the March for Life affirms, that it has nothing to do with the call by the Abba Party and the Popular Party for an abrogative referendum on the amendments that have been introduced in the Criminal Code that allow a pregnancy to be terminated only when there is an actual danger to the life of the mother.

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Neither the Abba Party nor the Popular Party were involved in the March for Life, but took advantage of this occasion, setting up a stall near the Parliament outside the scope of the March to collect signatures for an abrogative referendum, a campaign that was started long before the March for Life.

The Life Network Foundation necessarily disassociates itself from this initiative because together with its partners in the Coalition Inti Tista’ Ssalvani brought the necessary changes to ensure that the possibility for the introduction of abortion on demand was avoided. The law as amended does not allow for abortion as confirmed by the pro-abortion lobby, during the parliamentary session approving the final amendments, who opposed the Government for withdrawing from its original proposals.

The Life Network Foundation said it can never support an initiative that unwinds the law that it has actively swayed to ensure that Malta maintains the full protection that was afforded already by the criminal code to the unborn child before these amendments where passed. It is of note that these amendments were supported by the President of Malta who has been steadfast in his position not to sign an abortion bill, both Parties in Parliament, our Coalition partners and as also the Bishops of Malta and Gozo.

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