Bring in emergency contraception so that we can have some peace

Published: October 16, 2016 at 9:04pm

There was a demonstration in Valletta this morning by women clamouring for emergency contraception – which they know as MAP, presumably because writing ‘morning after pill’ will destroy their muscles.

I can’t think why emergency contraception is not available in Malta in this form, and I am in full agreement with the medical and pharmaceutical specialists who say that no prescription should be necessary. Pharmacists – and no pharmacy is permitted to operate without one present on the premises during opening hours – are the proper persons to judge the situation and are trained and educated for this and other purposes.

I am also sick of the sight and sound of Maltese women who have only just discovered women’s issues in 2016 agitating about “MAP”, and so the sooner it is introduced over the counter, the better for us all. The most depressing aspect of this matter, as far as I’m concerned, is that it confirms my long-held view (formed over years of experience) that Maltese women tend in general to be detached from reality and to live in a world of their own.

They don’t bother about endemic corruption and filthy government decisions and policies, but then they become extremely agitated about emergency contraception. It’s as though they can’t take an interest in both and put emergency contraception into its proper perspective as a result of informing themselves as to what is really going on.

As I said earlier, I am totally in favour of emergency contraception being available over the counter, but you most certainly won’t catch me kvetching on about it non-stop on the grounds that I’m a woman.

Some people need reminding, besides, that emergency contraception is most definitely not a women’s issue because it takes both a man and a woman to have the kind of sex that makes contraception necessary. And unless these women are sleeping with total strangers who they pick up in bars and don’t see the next day – an entirely separate kind of problem – the birth of a child is going to affect the father too, even if he ceases to have a relationship with the mother. It’s the law, after all.

Quite frankly, I suspect the pseudo-liberals in our midst (if they were real liberals they wouldn’t be so dogmatic and intolerant) are using this emergency contraception issue for roughly the same purpose they used other issues before the general election: to make Muscat’s corrupt government look fantastic and Simon Busuttil’s party look like “fossils”.

Fossils, indeed. The people who are calling Busuttil’s party “fossils” should take a long, hard look at the ancient freaks from the 1970s and 1980s who are cluttering up the governing party for which they voted. But then perhaps they prefer corruption dressed up as liberalism.

It isn’t a coincidence that one of the prime movers in this ’emergency contraception’ campaign is Nikita Zammit Alamango of the Labour Youth Forum, one of the foremost Labour Party campaign elves in the general elections of 2008 and 2013. Why do the “MAP” women think she’s involved – because she cares about emergency contraception, or because she has a partisan political agenda?

There’s nothing worse than people who have next to no knowledge of political matters meddling in that field and braying all over Facebook. If they can’t see how they’re being used for the Labour Party’s ends, more fool they.