Although still a taboo, abortion has entered public debate—the fact that marks a fundamental societal shift. Time will tell whether Malta’s pro-choice campaign will eventually repeat the success of the Irish one.
It is extremely important to differentiate between being anti-abortion at an individual level and being anti-legalising-abortion (anti-choice), a distinction that is often overlooked.
Society in general, and particularly Maltese society, is unkind to a woman who has an abortion. Why not show empathy rather than judgment? You do not know what a person is going through; you are not in her shoes.
Maltese working women, married or otherwise, is not a recent phenomenon. Historical sources prove the claim that three centuries ago, in 18th century Malta, women’s input into the work of production was indeed significant.
The perfect, romanticised version of motherhood—the ‘motherhood myth’—needs to be dismantled. Women who are childless by choice are controversial, but women who regret motherhood…? This is the ultimate taboo.
A poem by Nadia Mifsud.
The image of domestic kitchen serves as an electoral asset and reinforces heterosexual gender roles at once.