Society in general, and particularly Maltese society, is unkind to a woman who has an abortion. On International Women’s Day, why not show empathy rather than judgment? You do not know what a person is going through; you are not in her shoes.
On May 25, 2018, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of repealing the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution—the article that had hitherto made it effectively impossible to legislate for abortion even in the most extreme of circumstances.
Why is abortion a taboo? It invokes a sequence of deep-rooted associations which link the concept of embryo to the sense of family and relatedness. Thus, in a kin society like Malta, breaking the connection between the embryo and the woman’s body could be perceived akin to dismantling other ties that hold the family and […]
A confession of a woman who, in equal measure, was psychologically traumatised by the experience of abortion and the stigma surrounding the procedure in Malta.