IVF: it’s time to act, and we’re going to act – PM

Parliament must send a strong message in favour of the amendments to the IVF law. It’s time to act, and we’re going to act, Prime Minister Robert Abela said this afternoon as Malta’s Parliament started debating amendments to the IVF law which will make this process more accessible. This was one of Labour’s main pledges during this year’s electoral campaign, which should be introduced within the first 100 days of the new legislature.

Prime Minister Abela referred to a number of cases he encountered and said it was his wish for people who are going through such situations to participate in the debate.

“Doing nothing might have been the easiest thing to do. But what justice is this? Why are we here? We’re here to create a fairer society which gives everyone a chance.” The PM declared.

“Doing nothing might have been the easiest thing to do. But what justice

is this? – PM Abela

“We have to ask ourselves, do we want to help these people or let them suffer? It is our duty to find a solution to these situations. We are proposing a solution through this law”, he said.

The Prime Minister appealed for MPs participating in the debate to show sensitivity and empathy towards people who are suffering and to stop exporting problems abroad.

He added that most probably, arguments against this bill will come from people who have not experienced these situations, but the least that people who are suffering want to hear is misinformation and scaremongering.

The Prime Minister recalled how the Opposition had already voted against amendments to the IVF law in the past. This is contrary to what Opposition Leader Bernard Grech declared days ago on television. 

“We cannot continue to deny these people from having a fair chance, when the solution is right in front of our eyes. A vote in favour of these amendments is a vote for more lives, a vote in favour of prospective parents, a vote for love, for a farer country, and a vote to make Malta, a country for all,” he declared.

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