Abortion activists in Malta swallowed fake abortion pills Monday during a public protest of the country’s pro-life laws.
In front of the parliament building, the protesters urged the government to legalize abortion like the rest of Europe does, according to the news outlet Lovin Malta.
“Malta is the only country in the whole of the [European Union] where abortion is still illegal under all circumstances. We are here to show you how easy and simple this process can be,” one activist said.
Before taking the fake abortion drugs, the abortion activist explained the reason for their protest: “Due to the stigmatisation of abortion in Malta, most people think that abortions are surgical and only surgical. We are here to show you that actually, studies have shown that the majority – by a long shot – are medical and pill-induced,” according to the report.
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The protest occurred on the International Safe Abortion Day, a contradiction because no abortion is safe. According to the World Health Organization, the day is “a timely reminder that access to legal and safe abortion is fundamental to every person’s right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health.”
The pro-abortion groups Young Progressive Beings and Doctors for Choice Malta organized the protest.
Meanwhile, pro-life and religious leaders have been urging politicians in Malta to remain strong in their commitments to protect every human life.
“We hope and pray that there will be a time when, similar to when society realized and actively worked against slavery, that the same will be done to protect life,” Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi of the Archdiocese of Malta said earlier this month.
Malta is the last country in Europe that protects unborn babies’ lives after Ireland abandoned and Northern Ireland was forced to abandon their pro-life laws in 2018 and 2019. Abortions are illegal in most cases in Poland, but Malta remains the only country that fully prohibits abortion.
Malta has resisted international pressure to legalize abortion for years. Back in 2013, pro-abortion groups accused Malta of “torture” because the country protects unborn babies’ lives. The accusation came from the International Commission of Jurists, a human rights organization, in a report to the Human Rights Council. It also claimed Malta is unnecessarily endangering women’s lives by prohibiting abortions.
Abortion is a human rights abuse that kills unique, living human beings inside their mothers’ wombs. An estimated 42.3 million abortions destroyed unborn babies’ lives across the world in 2019.