Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms Rebecca Buttigieg revealed this morning that women in Malta could soon be able to get sterilised free of charge even if not medically required.
Apart from this, the act of virginity testing could also be criminalised as part of a 5 year government strategy to mainstream gender equality.
Buttigieg said that this strategy recognises the significant progress made but commits to making better advancements where needed.
This comes after Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that free contraception will be offered to the general public as of next year. The new measures being explored and mentioned by Buttigieg form part of the 2022 manifesto.
This had included the provision of free menstruation products at school, a primary health care centre for rape victims and free emergency contraception at Mater Dei.