Abortion in Malta: Key Facts

Abortion means stopping a pregnancy so it does not result in a birth.
 

There are two main types of abortion: Medical abortion is carried out using pills, and surgical abortion is a straightforward procedure to remove the pregnancy.
 

Despite the legal ban on abortion, each year hundreds of women in Malta have an abortion.
 

The two main ways women in Malta have abortions are by travelling to abortion clinics abroad, or by ordering safe but illegal abortion pills online.

Abortion pills can usually be used by the woman herself at home up 12 weeks of pregnancy, but keep in mind the pills may take a few weeks to arrive. If an abortion is needed after 12 weeks, it is usually carried out surgically in countries that allow abortions after 12 weeks, such as the UK and the Netherlands.
 

It is a known fact that women in Malta order safe but illegal abortion pills from Women on Web and Women help Women. They usually ask for a donation of EUR 90. If the pills are late or do not arrive please contact the organisation you ordered them from, not us. The pills usually take 2 to 4 weeks to arrive.
 

There are two abortion pills - Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Mifepristone 200mg is usually taken first, followed by Misoprostol 800mcg the next day. Mifepristone is swallowed whereas Misoprostol is held under the tongue or between the gum and cheek. Click here for more information on how abortion pills are used.
 

It is normal to have heavy bleeding and strong cramps after an abortion. However, if you have severe bleeding with clots, severe pain, a smelly discharge, or a fever you will need to seek medical help.

A trip abroad for an abortion usually costs more than EUR 1,000. The main abortion providers in the UK are BPAS, MSI, and NUPAS. If you are going to travel it is usually better to choose a surgical abortion which is a quick and straightforward procedure. Surgical abortions are usually performed on pregnancies of more than 8 weeks.
 

If you would like to travel for an abortion but cannot afford the cost, Abortion Support Network may be able to help you. You can call Abortion Support Network on 2778 0991 or 2034 1685.
 

If you are a non-EU/UK national, you may need a visa to enter the UK. Click here to check if you need a visa to enter the UK. If you require a UK visa, we recommend you seek other clinics in Schengen countries such as the Netherlands instead. Click here for a list of European abortion clinics that offer their services to women from Malta.
 

Abortion is generally a safe procedure. Statistically, abortion has less risks of complications than giving birth.

For more information on abortion in Malta please go to the website of Doctors for Choice (Malta) by clicking here.

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Please note: FPAS aims to provide accurate and reliable information to the best of our volunteers' abilities. However, FPAS advice is not formal medical advice, and should not be considered as such. If you want formal medical advice you should speak to your doctor. We could also refer you to doctors known to us if you wish.

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