Doctors for Life support women’s shelters

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Doctors for Life have welcomed government funding for women’s shelters assisting expectant mothers. In a statement, the pro-life group said that such a step shows practical concern towards women in need and bolsters a culture of inclusion, empowerment, compassionate understanding and an appreciation of life.

The statement comes in the wake of a financial agreement signed by the Life Network Foundation that manages Dar tgħanniqa ta’ Omm and the Social Solidarity Ministry. The NGO will receive €130,000 in funds over three years.

“Pregnancy is a challenging time for all mothers, especially if this is unplanned. Such situations may also be compounded by difficult social and financial circumstances, with some women being abandoned by their partners to face this uncertainty alone. The shelter is an initiative which has helped several women with unplanned pregnancies find support, and their testimonies are an eloquent expression of the work done there,” Doctors for Life said.

The pro-life organisation further stated that: “It is therefore surprising that organisations that advocate for women would criticise and oppose this government initiative, on the basis that the shelter is run by a pro-life organisation which strives to support both mother and child rather than offering abortion as a solution. This criticism runs the risk of placing a cause before a person, and is out of touch with the common sentiment that women facing an unplanned pregnancy deserve a safe space to reflect, in such a moment of crisis, before rushing to a decision to abort their child.”