The single mother of two children does not want to have another baby, it would not be financially feasible. Her boyfriend at the time, she says, neither wants the child, nor does he support her. She starts googling, looks for a way out under “Abortion”.
The country with the strictest abortion law in the EU. Malta is the only EU country where abortion is completely prohibited.
The re are not even 20 countries in the world with similarly strict regulations.
The topic of abortion is ignored in medical school. Unintentionally pregnant women who seek help from a doctor are convicted or forced to keep the child.
Lusy has been a member of the Facebook group “Women for Women (Malta)” for a long time. Around 40,000 women are here among themselves. Lusy uses the group to find the website of the Doctors for Choice, a group of doctors who fight for the decriminalization of abortion. On the Internet they provide information about contraception, female health and abortion.
The general practitioner co-founded Doctors for Choice. To remove the taboo from abortions and to stand up for the autonomy of women. “To me, abortion means freedom. To have the choice to be able to determine my own body. To live my life the way I want it, «says the 35-year-old in an interview with Zoom. “That’s why I’m Pro Choice.”
The NGO organizes information events about sex and contraception. In lockdown, however, it is difficult to get hold of women. That is why they offer telephone advice to unwanted pregnant women and women who have been discriminated against, harassed or raped.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies medical abortion with tablets as safe up to the twelfth week of pregnancy.
The pills will then be sent by post. A donation of 90 euros is recommended, but is voluntary.
In normal times, »Women on Web« guarantees delivery of the tablets within a maximum of two weeks. But not during a pandemic. Flights are canceled, supply chains are interrupted and Lusy worries about the parcel every day. “Waiting for the pills was almost the worst. I was terrified that they would be late. I updated the parcel tracking on my cell phone every minute, ”she says.
The bleeding acts like a natural miscarriage.
The two accompany you through the procedure. Nobody else knows about their plan. It is illegal to take the tablets in Malta.
The bleeding continues for a few more weeks. “During all the weeks since the pregnancy test, I’ve felt more alone than ever,” Lusy says today.
Liza Caruana-Finkel collects stories like Lusy’s with the hashtag breakthetaboo.
The feminist activist founded the website Break the Taboo Malta, where women can share their experiences. “It’s about making women’s stories visible. Everyone should see what is happening in Malta, «says the 34-year-old. Women report attempts to have an abortion with a clothes hanger. Unintentionally pregnant tourists describe how they stranded on the island during the Corona lockdown and were left to their own devices.
The 51-year-old describes herself as a pro-life activist and feminist. “Human life begins with conception,” she says. Abortion is the opposite of feminism because it is against the nature of the female body. It is horrific to kill one’s offspring. “We humans shouldn’t judge life and death. As a doctor, I in particular have the task of protecting life, «says Testa.
The y judge her for what she did, she says. Nobody can be trusted in Malta. To this day, almost a year later, Lusy has never told her family, friends or work colleagues about her abortion. Still, she regrets nothing. “I would do it again.
The abortion was the best decision I could make. ”
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