Activists have claimed that by funding the Life Network Foundation, the government is going against human rights, with it having strong accusations over incorrect medical claims against it.
A pro-choice women’s group, Voice for Choice, has claimed that it is appalled by the government’s donation to the Life Network Foundation, with it having affiliations with Agenda Europe, which has the aim to reduce human rights and equality laws.
Agenda Europe has been accused of reducing human rights for women, young people, and the LGBTQ+ community in particular.
Speaking on the matter, Voice for Choice claimed that by supporting Life Network Malta, “the government is supporting an anti-human rights agenda, and this is completely unacceptable”.
The pro-choice group also added that “Funding organisations with extreme anti-human rights and anti-choice agendas is not the way to provide ‘support’ to women facing difficulty in pregnancy.”
Adding to Voice for Choice’s remarks, Doctors For Choice stated that the money was given to a pro-life shelter that was making incorrect medical claims.
Doctors For Choice said that in giving “a considerable sum of money to Life Network Foundation”, the government is giving “public money” in order to “fund an agenda that is based on conservative religious beliefs rather than evidence-based medicine”, with this being “harmful to the health of women in Malta.”
In addition to this, Doctors For Choice also claimed that Life Line Malta, “a support helpline for women in pregnancy crisis run by Life Network Foundation”, has had “a number of medical untruths that are framed in a way to promote the organisation’s anti-abortion and anti-contraception agenda.”
Doctors For Choice said that Life Line Malta claimed that morning-after pills could be used in order to cause an early abortion, yet the doctors stated that this was medically proven to be untrue, as the morning-after pills and the abortion pills are “completely different medicines”.
The government devised a scheme to fund €130,000 to the Life Network Foundation over three years announced on July 2, after the Social Solidarity Minister Michael Falzon was shocked at the amount of women seeking abortion overseas.