2022 began with the sad news of the tragic death of Victor Calvanya, a doctor who dedicated his life to saving the lives of children. The invasion of Ukraine continues throughout his 2022 and is still unresolved. This stands in contrast to international efforts to save lives and manage the COVID pandemic.
Malta’s election cast a shadow over world affairs, without the shock that has characterized previous campaigns. But there was a small virus that many people didn’t expect to multiply so quickly.
The topic of abortion came up and neither side was opposed to discussing it. What does it mean to encourage debate? I mean that the scenario is not out of the question, but possible and likely to be accepted. For example, discussing the decriminalization of domestic violence and abuse is abhorrent That’s it. why? I can’t think of any, because your scenario is out of the question.
That tiny virus has spread rapidly, and even before so-called national debate, it is facing legislation to decriminalize abortion, albeit under certain circumstances. .
Talking about “health” rather than “life at risk” is dangerous, and including mental health in the equation opens the door wide.
I recognize the suffering and anguish brought on by mental health issues. I am a mentally ill rights advocate. But it doesn’t make sense to justify abortion on the basis of mental health.
Does a person who is causing mental health problems to a husband, wife, neighbor, work colleague, etc. have the right to kill them? Absolutely not. Killing is decriminalized only in self-defense, i.e. when the life of the individual involved is in imminent danger.
Pregnant women need treatment for physical, mental, or psychological ailments. There is no doubt about it, but directly killing a fetus is abominable.
Additionally, people with emotional or mental health issues are not in the ideal conditions to make important decisions. Pregnancy itself brings about emotional changes and can sometimes cause distress.
What about the psychological scars of those who have abortions? Such a person may suffer from multifaceted symptoms of guilt that may manifest later. This affects everyone around them and boomerangs the same person.
A chilling experience I heard was of a young woman who showed no empathy for her terminally ill mother. What about the social life that takes care of her?
This is not an amendment to protect doctors and was not requested by the Malta Medical Association. Nor is it an amendment to protect mothers. It’s a fix driven by people who call themselves “choice advocates”, even if that choice is to end someone else’s life.
We have a society that speaks of rights without emphasizing responsibilities– Bernard Caruana
Such people are fueled by individuals who believe that morality is outdated and that society must reduce the impact of such life-testing morality and the institutions that promote it. Promoting freedom from such institutions, regulations, and morals leads to nothing but the Law of the Jungle, where power is just and the most vulnerable suffer.
A society that loses morality is paving the way for its collapse. History shows us this. We have a society that talks about rights without emphasizing responsibilities.
It was reported that abortion pills were purchased and abortions were being carried out in Malta. Something is happening, should we support it or decriminalize it? We all know corruption is a reality all over the world, but decriminalizing it Nobody thought of it. Hear stories about exceptional cases. If you are caught by a speed camera for speeding, you will be fined.
However, there are exceptional cases. For example, someone taking a relative in crisis to an emergency room.
Because of these exceptional cases, should we abolish speeding or speeding crackdowns? Absolutely not. Individuals may be exempted from penalties by courts, but this does not lead to decriminalization of traffic violations.
We are talking about rights to one’s own body. First of all, a pregnant woman has her own body and someone else’s life in her womb. But, again, do you allow people who want to commit suicide to do so, or open pain-free suicide clinics, on the premise that they have a right to their bodies? , although it does not matter to others.
We do not claim that a person has the right to end his or her life if he or she has a mental health problem. Admit and regret what the person tried to do. Those experiencing metal health issues or other difficulties need help, support and care to avoid choosing the seemingly easy path.
Let us do our best to build a society of love and solidarity. Let’s work together to understand each other and help each other. Let’s get out of the self-centered way of thinking and change the society with a sense of ownership to an altruistic society.
After all, when there’s a marathon like L-Istrina, we all appreciate that kind of social taste. Can we dedicate our intellectual and other resources to bring that kind of atmosphere all year round?
Bernard Caruana is a clinical psychologist. He has been President of the Maltese Union and a Psychologist Specialist for his nine years.
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