Maltese pro-lifers need your support as they fight for the life of the human embryo
Last October, the Medicines Authority of Malta went against the advice of the Parliament of Malta, to permit the importation and sale of the Morning After Pill (MAP). Parliament had advised that any decision taken on the MAP should be in accord with Maltese law, including on the human embryo.
But, in spite of Parliament's recommendations, the Medicines Authority blatantly disregarded established Maltese law on the human embryo.
And, this is astonishing for the very simple fact that, in Malta, there is actually an Act of Parliament, entitled, the "Embryo Protection Act, 2012". So, unlike in other countries, where nothing so specific exists, it seems logical that this would be the first place that any agency of government would check, before seeking to amend policy.
Section 8. (1) of the Act states:
Whosoever, other than for the purpose of implantation in a woman as may be authorized by the provisions of this Act disposes of, hands over or acquires a human embryo produced outside the body, or removes such embryo from a woman before the completion of implantation in the womb, shall be guilty of an offence and, on conviction, shall be liable to the punishment of a fine (multa) of not less than five thousand euro (€5,000) and not exceeding fifteen thousand euro (€15,000) or to imprisonment not exceeding three years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
Read in its proper context, that of being about the protection of the human embryo (as the name of the Act confirms), it is crystal clear from this Section of the Act that the human embryo possesses the right to be protected by law. Indeed, this Section treats the human embryo with the respect it deserves as the most vulnerable member of the human family.
So, we know that Maltese law protects the human embryo.
AND, we also know that the Morning After Pill can function as an abortifacient, defined as: that (chiefly a drug) which will cause a miscarriage.
Indeed, one commonly sold MAP, called Levonelle One Step 1500 (levonorgestrel), has an instruction sheet (see below) which states that, "Levonelle One Step is thought to work by:
- stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg;
- preventing sperm from fertilising any egg you may have already released;
- stopping a fertilised egg from attaching itself to your womb lining."
And, the Malta Chamber of Pharmacists (people who should know how drugs actually function) agree. In the Summer of last year, they released a statement on the MAP, calling attention to the abortifacient effect of the MAP:
"On the one hand, one has to view the matter from a purely scientific angle; indeed studies have shown that it is not scientifically possible to exclude that the MAP does not preclude implantation of a fertilised ovum in the endometrium..."
Furthermore, and crucially, they go on to say:
"Pharmacists as independent healthcare professionals are guided by the ethical code of the Pharmacy Council which is based on the principle of beneficence and abhors maleficence. Pharmacists may refuse to dispense prescriptions which would mimic the action of the MAP on the basis of conscientious objection..."
So, it's pretty clear that the pharmacists of Malta believe that, scientifically, the MAP can function as an abortifacient, because it can interfere with a fertilised ovum's implantation in the womb. If this weren't the case, then why would their invoking of conscientious objection be necessary?
In sum, therefore, in cases in which implantation is inhibited by the MAP, we can say that that drug is acting as an abortifacient. And, causing an induced abortion in Malta is, by law, illegal.
So, by filing a judicial protest against the Medicines Authority of Malta, the doctors, who are members of Life Network Foundation Malta, are simply recognising that Maltese law protects the human embryo from destruction, independent of implantation in the womb of a woman.
As such, and if the law means anything at all, this legal reality must be vindicated by the Courts.
This petition, therefore, recognises the good judgement of the members of the Life Network Foundation Malta, and encourages them to see through their judicial protest. And, it will also be Cc'ed to the Medicines Authority.
Thank you for signing this important petition, today!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Embryo Protection Act, 2012 - http://justiceservices.gov.mt/DownloadDocument.aspx?app=lp&itemid=23499&l=1
Instruction Sheet for Levonelle One Step 1500 - https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ef7cd7d5456fcf1b439048500768009255c9f1c8d6f9c1ab0cf5f13f1b90c4e6.jpg
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