The Gold Coast Bulletin



VALLETTA: A bill proposing the decriminal­isation of abortion in Malta has been tabled in parliament, a first for the Mediterran­ean nation.

Malta is the only European Union country with a total ban on abortion. Anyone who seeks or helps with an abortion can be sentenced to up to four years in prison.

The draft legislatio­n, presented by independen­t MP Marlene Farrugia, proposes striking off three articles of the Maltese Criminal Code.

The bill suggests these articles are replaced by one stipulatin­g a 10-year imprisonme­nt for whoever carries out a forced abortion.

“We all know that safeguardi­ng women’s rights does not come through the threat of putting them in prison,” Ms Farrugia said.

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