WE STAND FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
We are a non-profit organisation (VO/1816) of medical professionals from various specialities that advocates for safe and legal access to reproductive services including abortion (termination of pregnancy) in Malta. All of us are based in Malta or have strong links to the country, and we are concerned at the current legal situation which bans abortion in all circumstances, no matter how negative an effect this is having on a woman’s physical and psychological health.
We are not the only medical practitioners who share this view. In fact all reputable international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) also recommend that women are granted legal and safe access to abortion. The WHO stated: “In countries where induced abortion is highly restricted by law, safe abortion has frequently become the privilege of the rich, while poor women are left with little choice but to resort to unsafe providers.” We think this accurately reflects Malta’s situation and it is not acceptable.
We shall be embarking on an information campaign, in collaboration with the coalition Voice for Choice, to promote the right to seek abortion in Malta, a right that is granted in every other member state of the European Union. We are here to ensure that all pregnant persons, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, beliefs or age are supported, respected and protected whatever their choices.
Update: As of 6 December 2019, Doctors for Choice (Malta) became a partner organisation with Global Doctors for Choice (GDC). Global Doctors for Choice is an international network of doctors who advocate for reproductive rights and access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including safe abortion and contraception. It fosters the transnational transfer of best practices in reproductive health advocacy by supporting and connecting physicians from all over the world and from all medical disciplines. Global Doctors for Choice has a coordinating team based in the United States and has individual members and partner organisations from across the world. Read more on GDC: www.globaldoctorsforchoice.org