In a recent post on her Facebook page, Labour MEP Josianne Cutajar appealed for the public’s sensitivity when asking women about pregnancy or children.
Cutajar stated that while some ask genuinely or due to the fact that it is culturally common for women to have children around their thirties, one must understand the impact of such a question.
The MEP asked her followers to stop and think about the impact such a question can have on women who have infertility problems, mental or physical health challenges, domestic violence or other issues.
“Let’s keep in mind how many women have dreams that they cannot commit to, and how each and every woman, beyond the caps they wear – of mothers or carers, partners, housewives, professionals – have one identity which unites them with the others, that of a person.”
Cutajar explained how she has not had children yet by choice, due to her profession and other logistic challenges which make such a step difficult before going on to highlight the impact of asking such questions to women.