Voice for Choice is appalled that the Maltese government has decided to provide €130,000 to an organisation that is against widely accepted human rights. LifeNetwork Malta is affiliated with Agenda Europe*, an extremist network that aims to repeal human rights and equality laws, particularly for women, young people, and the LGBTQ+ community. Specifically, they are against divorce, sex education, contraception, assisted reproductive technology (IVF), abortion, and equality for the LGBTQ+ community.
Furthermore, anti-abortion “pregnancy support services” reportedly manipulate and harass women into continuing unwanted pregnancies. They also reportedly give false information to women in order to force them to remain pregnant past the legal limit for abortion in other countries.
Minister Michael Falzon “underlined that the government is against abortion and that he wishes to help such women who are in a difficult situation, so that they can choose life over abortion.” Funding organisations with extreme anti-human rights and anti-choice agendas is not the way to provide “support” to women facing difficulty in pregnancy. It also risks empowering those who wish to roll back the advances in LGBTIQ+ equality and reproductive laws relating to IVF enacted by previous administrations.
By providing funds to LifeNetwork Malta, the government is supporting an anti-human rights agenda, and this is completely unacceptable.
* Life Network's website lists Agenda Europe under "our partners."
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