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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Abortion alternatives

Malta won't legalize abortion despite Council of Europe pressure, by Steven Ertelt in
The government of Malta has no plans to legalize abortions despite pressure from the Council of Europe for the nation to ditch its pro-life laws protecting unborn children. The Maltese government may approve sending a representative to the group to explain its position.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called for an end to all laws prohibiting abortions within its member states. A Council committee released a report on March 18 with that request. Although the demand is not legally binding, the discussion of a final report on abortion on April 14 could have significant influence on the four European nations with significant abortion limits.

Following passage of the report, John Smeaton, director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, a British pro-life group, predicted it would be used "as leverage toward the creation of a right to abortion on demand in international law, which has always been the most important and ultimate goal of the worldwide pro-abortion lobby."

The Maltese government is resisting such efforts. Justice and Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici promised that a Maltese representative would appear at the April meeting to object if the nation's parliament can convene and vote for an emissary by that date. Bonnici told the Times of Malta that the Council of Europe is not like the European Union and doesn't have binding laws and that Malta would retain its abortion limits. He insisted that the nation is committed to helping women find abortion alternatives.

The pressure from the European group comes at a time when the leading pro-life organization in Malta is asking for a constitutional amendment to ban abortions and make the pro-life laws more permanent. The Gift of Life Foundation has asked MPs to sponsor legislation that would enshrine legal protection for unborn children in Malta’s constitution.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abortion is murder. Plain and simple. You are killing another human being.

If you don't want the baby THEN BE A real woman like you where in the first place by behaving like one that has resulted in you creating a child. Is to give this child to another human who may have so badly been trying for a long time to have children.

It is wrong to just discard another life simply because you cannot afford it, or that it's a burden or that your family won't like it. Irrespective of all that you should discuss this with your family if a family issue is a problem. I do not see which loving considerate family would not consider adopting out the child if such burden is seen. 

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:32:00 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what sort of a comment is that?

so basically, the right of a woman over her body stops at day1 of pregnanct?

I just want to ask; if one can get abortion in the U.K. then - pls correct me if i am wrong - then indirectly, sicne we are in the E.U. it is legal, it only costs more because you need to go the U.K. ... isn't that a discrimination against the maltese and a social injustice to those who can't afford it? 

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 11:27:00 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the right of a woman over her body" - Her rights stop where the babies rights begin. Same as I am not allowed to kill you why should she be allowed to kill her child? What about rape you say? Go and talk to the child of woman who was raped and tell them that you think they deserved the death penalty because their father was a rapist.

If you are old enough to be having sex then you are old enough to cope with the inevitable pregnancy that will occur. Contraception isn't fool proof. The only fool proof way of not getting pregnant is not having sex.

Being in the EU doesn't mean that what is is legal in one EU country automatically becomes legal in all other EU countries. If your country doesn't allow abortion then it doesn't allow abortion, as in: it is illegal regardless of your neighbouring countries policies on the same. 

Monday, March 09, 2009 5:47:00 PM

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