I Don't Know What It Is
I know that my argument about women's reproductive rights is a slippery slope. However, I'm unable to remain silent as I see my country behave like the worst of religiously extremist nations.
When Justice Minister Tonio Borg brought up the subject of a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion last week, I took it as just a flamboyant jesture from a politician. Evidently I was wrong. This crazy idea has legs! Incredibly, it even has public support from the opposition party, which was erstwhile contrary to just about anything proposed by the government.
What I don't understand is why there is a need to make unconstitutional something that is already illegal!
Any Maltese woman who wants to exercise her reproductive rights has to go overseas. This is now easier than ever since we're all EU citizens. However, any woman or girl who cannot afford (financially or emotionally) to seek help overseas will be damned by consitutional law to consider doing anything else with her body than whatever is sanctioned by Malta's constitution. As if the fiery fire of hell (for those who believe in it) is not bad enough after life, we must also make some people's lives a living hell if they happen to live in Malta.
Once again, I am not advocating abortion! I am simply questioning the way Maltese authorities choose to mess with our rights as private citizens.
I pray that this is merely a show of force for national law in retaliation against the rejection of recognition for Christianity as the official religion of Europe in the EU constitution.