Abortion in Malta

Monument for the unborn child on a main road between Mosta and Naxxar

The de jure legal status of abortion in Malta holds that the practice is illegal. Malta is the only country in the European Union to prohibit abortion entirely.[1] However, as with other European nations, de facto procedures differ from the exact letter of the law.[1]

The Criminal Code states:[2]

“(1) Whosoever, by any food, drink, medicine, or by violence, or by any other means whatsoever, shall cause the miscarriage of any woman with child, whether the woman be consenting or not, shall, on conviction, be liable to imprisonment for a term from 18 months to three years;” and

“(2) The same punishment shall be awarded against any woman who shall procure her own miscarriage, or who shall have consented to the use of the means by which the miscarriage is procured.”

Tonio Borg, a Maltese politician, has sought to amend the constitution to completely ban abortion.[3]


  1. 1 2 "Malta now only EU country without life-saving abortion law". Malta Independent. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  2. "What does the law actually say?". Malta Humanist Association. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  3. "Plans for abortion law to be entrenched in Constitution". Times of Malta. May 7, 2013.

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