Fears for US woman’s life as abortion denied in Malta

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Andrea and Jay never thought they’d be in this situation: praying that their baby daughter’s heart stops beating before Andrea develops a deadly infection. The couple, from the US, were on holiday in Malta when Andrea Prudente, who’s 16-weeks pregnant, started losing blood. Doctors told her the placenta was partly detached and her pregnancy was no longer viable. But the baby’s heart was still beating — and in Malta this means that by law doctors cannot end the pregnancy. For the past week, the couple have been stuck in a hospital room, waiting. ‘We’re sitting here with the understanding that if she goes into labour, then the hospital will engage. If the baby’s heart stops, they will help with that. Other than that, they won’t do anything,’ Jay Weeldreyer tells me over the phone. His voice is tired and angry. He worries Andrea’s condition could change rapidly at any time.” (06/22/22)