PN political candidate Emma Portelli Bonnici, who is very vocal about sexual reproductive rights and healthcare, commented on the news that France will be offering free contraceptives to under-25s. Bonnici stated that this is a direct response to the fact there is a ‘dangerous decline in the use of contraceptives among some young women because of the cost, creating disparities in societies.’
She pointed out how last May, the Nationalist Party proposed that, if elected to government, Malta would follow in France’s footsteps and offer free contraception and Morning After Pill to anyone over the age of 16. Bonnici highlighted how if full equality is ever to be achieved, then ‘we must ensure that Maltese citizens are empowered with the tools and skills that they need in order to make the best decisions for themselves in terms of pregnancies and STIs.’ The UK and Spain already offer free or subsided contraception, with the call for Malta to do the same echoing louder and louder locally.
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