EU Council Commissioner for Human Rights urges that abortion no longer remains illegal
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The EU Council’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, has said that women in Malta should have access to sexual and reproductive health care and this should include safe and secure abortion.
She welcomed the debate about abortion that is developing and maintained that abortion regarded as a criminal action is a stigma against women and exposes them to health risks.
Dunja Mijatović was on a Malta visit last week. Among others, she had a meeting with Prime Minister Robert Abela and they discussed the implementation and safeguarding of health as a human right to fundamental liberties.
She requested authorities to immediately decriminalize abortion and ensure that women have access to sexual and reproductive care and the fact that abortion is still a criminal offence is a stigma against women that places them at risk and affects their right to equality and human rights.
Commissioner Dunja Mijatović also visited immigration centres and stressed that those who take to the sea should not be placed at risk. She also said the authorities should ensure that their direct or indirect decisions should not lead to immigrants being returned to Libya as this was not a safe country.