GħSL published their latest policy paper regarding a hot topic – the decriminalisation of abortion in Malta. Their hard work started during last year’s committee and they have successfully published the final paper in 2020. What they are asking for is decriminalisation, change in the laws, a new Parliamentary committee for Sexual Health and new ethical standards for journalists when discussing the topic.
GħSL’s policy paper tackles four key components:
- The Medical Aspect regarding the different types of procedures and the history of abortion
- Ethical Considerations questioning whether or not abortion is a human right or not
- The Psychological Aspects
- The Comparative Analysis diving deep in the legislation of abortion in Canada, Ireland, Poland, Belgium, Italy, USA, UK, the Netherlands, Brazil and Argentina
They interviewed the below for further insight:
- Dr. Lara Dimitrijevic, Board of Governors of the Women’s Rights Foundation of Malta, a lawyer specializing in Family Law and teaches Gender and Law at UM
- Dr. David Zammit, Head of the Civil Law Department at UM who is also an anthropologist
GħSL compiled a list of demands for legislative reform and calls upon the House of Representatives to take action. They also focused on education and policy reform with recommendations such as “every secondary and tertiary education institution should have a Sexual Health Officer, to assist students with any questions pertaining to sexual health, on a confidential basis” (page 140) as well as an availability of contraceptives in vending machines.
Finally, GħSL “urges the Malta Chamber of Pharmacists, the Malta Medicines Authority, and the Department of Public Health to publicly declare and emphasise that the emergency contraceptive pill or the post-coital contraceptive pill, is indeed a method of contraception, and not abortifacient” (page 144).
Make sure to read GħSL’s policy paper here: Abortion – A Reproductive Right, or a Moral Profligacy? by GħSL – Policy – issuu