The American woman who is risking her life in a hospital in Malta due to local legislation that prevents doctors from carrying out the miscarriage that began a few days ago, has been given the green light to try to be transported by air to Spain.
Lawyer Lara Dimitrijevic confirmed to the Times of Malta that the Maltese authorities have granted the tourist, Andrea Prudente, 38, and her partner Jay Weeldreyer, 45, the opportunity to leave the country due to a situation classified as a “threat to the life”. The departure by air ambulance to Mallorca could be organized for the evening today.
The woman is still hospitalized in “stable conditions” at the Mater Dei and Weeldreyer polyclinic, who yesterday launched a desperate appeal received by the NGO ‘Doctors for Choice’ giving publicity to the case, reported that the companion “is very relieved” at the idea that there is a solution in sight.
Prudente had left the Seattle area pregnant at 16 weeks for a ‘babymoon’ in Malta with her partner. A few days after arrival, however, she had a miscarriage. The fetus’s heart continued, however, and she continues to beat even after the amniotic fluid was depleted. Doctors should complete the abortion, but the very Catholic Malta is the only member state of the European Union in which abortion is prohibited in any case, including that of the risk of the mother’s life.
The air transport was organized by the American couple’s insurance company, but they will have to cover the surpluses at their own expense. However, the insurance discharged the Maltese hospital of responsibility and authorized the trip.
“Let’s not forget – underlined the lawyer Dimitrijevic – that we are talking about a pregnancy that was strongly desired. For Andrea all this is psychologically very difficult. But the doctors in Malta have their hands tied because they risk committing the crime (for 4 years of imprisonment, ed) of termination of pregnancy. This case shines the spotlight on the need to decriminalize abortion “.
Yesterday afternoon a group of about thirty pro-abortion activists demonstrated under the Parliament building in Valletta, displaying signs reading ‘My body, my choice’, ‘Legal abortion is safe and necessary’, ‘ We fight for what is right. ‘ The government has not yet made official comments on the matter.