Catholicism is inscribed in the Constitution of Malta. The island has the strictest anti-abortion laws in the whole of Europe.
Private clinics in Sicily profit from the abortion ban in Malta. Women take the ferry and return the same day. Some share the contacts online. Usually, a single person will pick them up from the ferry, take them shopping and then on to the abortion clinic.
Julie Borg wakes up at 5:30 am every day in order to avoid the rush hour on her way to work. She takes a quick shower, gets dressed and prepares a lunch box for her son.
Julie drives back home on a rainy afternoon. She came to Malta for a job. She did not know the antioabortion laws, until she got pregant herself. To keep the baby was no option to her.
In this pharmacy of Valetta, the owners decided not to provide the sale of the morning after pill. It was legalized two years ago in Malta and can be denied due to “moral concerns” of the employees.
A girl poses as an angel during the performance of the Christmas story in the town of Mtarfa in the West of the island.
Catholicism is practiced by 90 percent of Maltese people. Two thirds of all schools are run by the church. Therefore, the notion that abortion would be murder, is part of the sexual education in class.
Since the first “Pro Choice” movement formed itself in Malta in 2019 out of lawyers, students and doctors, activists are receiving threats and insults online. The police has not persecuted any of them yet.
A home for pregnant women who were talked out of abortion by “Pro-Life” activists on the neighboring island of Gozo. More than 500 women have stayed here over the last 30 years, the owner says.
Life Network Christmas Postcard. Due to “Lifenetwork Foundation”, life starts from conception and must therefore be protected, even if the women’s life is at risk during pregnancy.
The Abortion Support Network (ASN) opened their services to Malta last year. Although it is illegal, women can get pills online through safe websites. The pills arrive in discrete packages to avoid being stopped at the customs border.
Julie in her room at 6 am. "After I found out I was pregnant, I tried everything to have a ‘natural abortion’. I took a week off work and did research online. I took loads of aspirin, drank persil juice, ate papaya seeds, and drank tons of ginger tea. I was having sex as well. But nothing helped. I didn't have feelings about the pregnancy, only about my relationships and my own body. I think I’ll feel the consequences of this stress later in life."
Julie’s son paints her car after dinner at their home. She hasn’t yet told him that she’s getting a divorce. Each time her husband visits, they play the happy family.
After going abroad for an abortion, Julie has regained her autonomy.
Sunlight illuminates the sea. Julie Borg has always enjoyed living on the island, until it became a threat for her