Loading
Maltese reject visit of Rebecca Gomperts, foundress of the “Abortion Ship”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Rebecca Gomperts, the Dutch foundress and director of the organization Women on Waves, visited Malta this week to promote abortion.  The mostly Catholic population denounced her presence, and the public events she was supposed to lead ended up taking place behind closed doors.

Women on Waves operates the so-called “Abortion Ship,” which takes women from countries where abortion is illegal into international waters to perform the procedure. According to Lifesitenews.com, Gomperts visited the Maltese capital “to deliver a lecture titled, ‘The Right to a Dignified Motherhood: The Crucial Abortion Issue.’ A Maltese correspondent with LifeSiteNews.com said that the visit was met with ‘an overwhelming opposing reception’.”

As the strongly pro-life Maltese protesters, organized by the Gift of Life Foundation, stood in a silent candle-light vigil outside, Gomperts spoke to invitation-only media at the Castille Hotel in Valetta last Wednesday.  She told the media that her particular aim was promoting the RU-486 “abortion tablets” that she claimed are safer than giving birth.

“Many women do not know of the existence of medical [chemical] abortion and that's one of my goals in Malta, to make them aware that if they can obtain the medicine they can do it safely themselves in the first nine weeks,” she said. Gomperts claimed that “a small number” of Maltese women had contacted her privately to arrange abortions on her ship.

Gomperts, who has two children, dismissed the existence of post-abortion syndrome, and told the press that being a mother has only strengthened her support for abortion. Employing a long used abortion slogan familiar to pro-life advocates around the world, she said, “Every child has a right to be a wanted child.”

Asked if she had ever had an abortion herself, the 41 year-old Dr. Gomperts’ hesitation surprised Times of Maltese reporter Ariadne Massa who called the response “unexpectedly punctuated by moments of silence”.

“I don't think that... erm... The erm... The reason why I hesitate to answer this question is because by making it... erm... I think I am a woman like all the others,” she said. “Like I said, 46 million women have an abortion each year, so I don't think that my personal experience in that matter makes a difference.”

Gomperts’ visit was organized by Dr. Emmy Bezzina, Malta’s most prominent abortion activist whose fringe political party, the Alpha Liberal Party, promotes abortion and divorce, positions strongly opposed by a majority of Maltese who remain strongly faithful to their Catholic religious heritage in the face of secularizing pressure.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 8:4-15

Gospel
Date
09/20/14
09/19/14
09/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 15: 35-37, 42-49
Gospel:: Lk 8: 4-15

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
09/20/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 8:4-15

Homily
Date
09/20/14
09/19/14
09/18/14