Now didn’t we see this one coming? At 20:48 CET, the Times of Malta website carried the news that the Gift of Life movement intended to revive its attempt to entrench the ban on abortion in Malta’s constitution. This comes as a reaction to a non-binding resolution passed by the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in all the member states.
Here we go. They will harass Ministers, they will stalk parliamentarians and they will pontificate to the populace and they will not stop until the Constitution of all the people is changed to reflect their will. They will probably be molly-cuddled in this process by a nationalist party always ready to champion the ubercatholic cause while the supposed liberal element of the umbrella party remains in hidden for all to unsee.
Before you yell “child killer” and accuse J’accuse of taking on a pro-abortion stance please note that what I am criticising here is this obnoxious idea of entrenching in the constitution something that is already illegal in this country. If the majority in this country believe abortion should be illegal then so be it. Whether it needs to be entrenched in the constitution is another matter altogether.
There is another important point this time round. The supposed trigger of all this revival of the Gift of LIfe’s dead vigour is a limp measure by a limp institution calling for (humbly requesting or at the most loudly urging) the member states of an international institution to take the decision to decriminalise abortion within their jurisdiction. Let’s not beat around the bush. It’s a resolution that asks States to change their laws but that cannot go further than that. That’s what the words non-binding mean. It’s as effective as a notarial deed signed by an opposition leader binding himself to respect his promises to the electorate.
Yet the Gift of LIfe will soldier on undeterred. They are here to stay. They represent the diehard conservatives of this nation who still deem it fit, right and proper to impose their morals on the rest. How about a referendum miluds?