Since the year 2000, two foreigners have been accused in Court of assisting pregnant women to carry out an abortion.
Information given in Parliament by Minister Michael Farrugia, following a question by Nationalist MP Karol Aquilina, revealed that the first case occurred in 2014 when a 35-year old female foreigner was accused with the crime and was given an 18-month prison sentence suspended for three years.
The second case occurred in 2017 when a 26-year old male foreigner was arraigned in Court on a similar crime, which is still ‘sub judice’. Another suspect, which collaborated with the foreigner, is still being searched through an international arrest warrant.
Replying to another separate parliamentary question, Minister Michael Falzon declared that the Government has no intention of introducing abortion in Malta. Minister Falzon was speaking during the conclusion of the debate on the bill on the protection of minors. Dr Falzon also said that abortion is neither on the agenda of the Labour Party.
Meanwhile, two vociferous activists on abortion – one in favour and the other against – expressed contrasting opinions on the subject during Insights programme. They were asked if exceptions exist and whether a referendum on abortion should be held.
Watch here, Glen Falzon reportage on yesterday’s Insights programme.