A British Non-Government Agency said that since it opened its office in Malta last February, there were no less than 43 women who sought help for information about how they can have an abortion overseas.
Abortion Support Network (ASN) said that apart from this, there were hundreds of other women who asked for help to buy abortion pills from the Internet.
In its statement, the ASN said that these figures show that keeping abortion illegal in Malta has not stopped women from resorting to abortion, but has simply forced pregnant women to go abroad and seek out the services there. Those on a low income are risking criminal charges by buying pills from the Internet or placing their health at risk by trying to end the pregnancy themselves.
The NGO said that it would be joining other activists in a walk in favour of pro choice which will take place on Saturday in Valletta.