Abortion is a woman's right.
Women's rights are human rights.
Abortion gives women, and all people who can become pregnant, autonomy over their lives and futures. Abortion rights are a social justice and gender equality issue. Abortion is an essential healthcare intervention that can save the life of women and girls.
Here are what international and Maltese organisations and personalities have to say about abortion:
"Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental rights. Body autonomy for all women across Europe independently from where they live must be guaranteed."
Helena Dalli - EU Commissioner for Equality and former Maltese Minister for Equality and European Affairs.
“In private, people admit that there’s a hypocrisy to our stance. Politicians, too. They know that Maltese are going abroad to get abortions and that there are local doctors who recommend abortions. They admit that there are scenarios when abortion is justified. But they won’t say so publicly.”
Afred Sant - Current MEP and former Maltese Prime Minister
"Anything that puts a barrier between a woman to make a choice in timely manner must be a bad thing."
Dr Claire Gerada - GP and former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners
"Abortion care is an essential area of women's healthcare and it is crucial that women are given a choice of medical or surgical treatment options."
Professor Lesley Regan - former president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
"Policies and practices that reduce barriers to safe abortion help women and girls around the world avoid the dangerous - or even fatal - consequences of unsafe abortion."
"Abortion is a human right."
"Abortion is a basic healthcare need for millions of people."
"Restricting access to abortions does not stop abortions. It makes them less safe."
"That decision [to have an abortion] is not going to be made any better, medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made."
Pete Buttigieg - American politican and former US Presidential Candidate