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Title: Voices for freedom and choice
Authors: Clayman, Alexander
Keywords: Abortion -- Law and legislation -- Malta
Pro-choice movement -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: University of Malta
Citation: Clayman, A. (2019). Voices for freedom and choice. THINK Magazine, 28, 10.
Abstract: Abortion is a criminal offense in Malta. This means Maltese women who wish to end their pregnancy have severely limited choices. Those more affluent can pay to terminate their pregnancy abroad. Those who do not have the money can either continue the pregnancy against their will or terminate locally under unsafe conditions, risking both their health and freedom. Any woman who undertakes an abortion potentially faces three years in jail. Anybody who assists, such as a doctor, could also be sentenced to four years behind bars. This flies in the face of best medical practice which states that safe abortion services should be accessible to women who need them. A few weeks ago a group of doctors, including myself, came together to set up Doctors for Choice Malta in order to advocate for sexual and reproductive health. This includes comprehensive sex education (NOT abstinence-only education) and access to free contraception (condoms, pills, and intrauterine devices). Increased use of contraception alone results in fewer unwanted pregnancies and subsequent abortions. Putting contraceptives in the hands of comprehensively sexeducated individuals can do even more. This said, abortion still needs to be available to those people who need it.
ISSN: 2306-0735
Appears in Collections:Think Magazine, Issue 28
Think Magazine, Issue 28

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