Malta’s Fledgling Movement for Abortion Rights

July 16, 2019

(The Atlantic) – Malta is the only European country that outright bans abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or in some cases, where the woman’s health is at risk. It has some of the strictest abortion laws in the world; a woman who terminates her pregnancy and the doctor who facilitates that procedure can each face up to three years in prison. Other places in Europe with restrictive reproductive-rights laws, such as Northern Ireland and Poland, allow abortions in certain situations where the woman’s health is at risk (in Poland, the law also allows abortions in cases of rape and incest).