“I rule out that the PL will legalise abortion” – Kurt Farrugia

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Government’s Head of Communications Kurt Farrugia said that since the Partit Laburista (PL) electoral manifesto for the upcoming EP and local councils’ elections does not mention abortion he is ruling out that the party will legalise abortion in Malta.

Kurt Farrugia said this in reply to a question made by Fr Joe Borg during Newsline which was transmitted on RTK103FM on Saturday. Fr Borg asked this question after the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Executive Chairman Pierre Portelli said that the leader of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Frans Timmermanns declared that if PES gains majority in the European Parliament (EP) legal abortion will become accessible and will be considered a woman’s right, clearly dismissing the right of the unborn child.

Kurt Farrugia added that both the PN and the PL did not make any reference to abortion in their election manifestos and that the PL will not implement something that is not in the pledged. He also said that the legalisation of abortion is a national competence and that one cannot stop people from discussing it either in Malta or abroad.

Farrugia said that he would prefer to talk about the 160 babies that have been born through IVF treatment which was introduced by a government lead by the PL.

PN could not vote in favour of domestic violence law – Portelli

Farrugia then asked Pierre Portelli why the PN did not vote in favour of the domestic violence laws. Portelli explained that the PN could not vote in favour because the law excluded the rights of the unborn child.

When Farrugia was asked why the clause that protected the unborn child was removed from the laws he answered that the PN is highlighting an irrelevant issue.

Presenter Peppi Azzopardi said that this clause was important. On the other hand, he also said that many countries that form part of the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) agree with the legalisation of abortion.

The PL failed to convince PES

PN MEP Francis Zammit Dimech said that the PL has failed to convince PES not to include legalisation of abortion. Zammit Dimech said this during the programme Xarabank that was transmitted on TVM on Friday.

He also said that the EPP’s manifesto differs considerably from the manifestos presented by the other political parties as it does not make any reference to abortion. Zammit Dimech said that a vote for the Pl is a vote for the PES that wants to introduce the legalisation of abortion in Malta.