Constitutional amendment 'a fortress' against abortion
April 8, 2009
American anti-abortion priest Denis Wilde believes Malta should protect its
pro-life stance by establishing this firmly in the Constitution.
Fr Wilde, from the pro-life organisation Priests For Life that preaches against
abortion and euthanasia, was recently in Malta and said the island should
introduce safeguards to avoid the legalisation of abortion.
"You should put your fortresses up to avoid the invasion," he said, drawing
parallels between the fortresses that surrounded the island and the
Constitutional amendment, which has long been called for by local pro-life group
Gift Of Life.
Referring to the 1973 Supreme Court judgment which legalised abortion in the US,
Fr Wilde said this made it even more important for Maltese not to be complacent
and introduce safeguards.
"Right now it looks like abortion will never be legalised in Malta. But a court
decision could change everything," he said, adding that, while courts could
bring about changes in the law, the Constitution was much harder to change.
Around four years ago, Gift Of Life started campaigning for a constitutional
amendment that would make the introduction of abortion in Malta more difficult.
Fr Wilde said he believed the amendment should state that every human was a
person and should be protected from conception.
He sees the amendment as imperative to prevent the EU from pressurising Malta
into introducing abortion.
A protocol on abortion was annexed to Malta's Accession Treaty, giving legal
certainty that EU law, present or future, could not change Maltese law on
Fr Wilde said that, since the 1973 US ruling, a staggering 50 million "babies"
had been aborted. "In the US, a baby dies from abortion every 23 seconds.
That is 4,000 deaths every day, 1.3 million per year and 50 million in the last
36 years," he said. Fr Wilde said that in cases where the mother's life was in
danger if she carried on with the pregnancy, "removing the problematic organ"
"The Church does not look at this as abortion because the doctors are not
willingly aborting the baby but rather trying to save the mother's life.
"They are removing the problematic organ, which might contain the embryo, so as
to save her life," he argued.
He continued that there was a lack of education about the repercussions of
abortion on women, which included sleeping disorders, eating disorders,
compulsive crying, rage, anger, depression, suicidal tendencies, shame, guilt
and estrangement from children.
Questioned about contraception, Fr Wilde said this had not prevented abortion
but rather increased the numbers. "The most effective of all birth control is
natural family planning. It also helps the couple's relationship. Those couples
who use contraception are more prone to divorce," he said.
Fr Wilde was here to deliver talks in a number of schools and in churches.