On March 28, The Times reported that the day before a Maltese citizen had been handed down a two-year jail term, suspended for four years, after he was charged by the police and found guilty by a court of inciting racial hatred in different places in Malta between 2003 and 2006. This person has since appealed the sentence.

Again, The Times reported on April 14 that on the previous Saturday the police had charged four men with incitement to commit a crime in connection with the sending of text messages for the holding of a violent protest in connection with bird hunting. In these two cases of incitement the police have been conspicuous by their presence.

Yet, in August 2006 the police took no legal action against one of Rebecca Gomberts' doctors who, on Maltese soil, incited Maltese and other women, even on state television, to commit a criminal act -to do abortions - to kill Maltese unborn children.

Again in October 2007 the police took no legal action against abortionist Dr Gomberts herself when, again on Maltese soil, she incited Maltese women to do abortions - indeed also offered her free services for this purpose. In these two cases of incitement to kill a human person the police, and Aġenzija Appoġġ, have been conspicuous by their absence. Both have the legal obligation to defend all Maltese children, "before as well as after birth", according to Maltese law and as proclaimed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989, signed also by Malta.

Why, last October, did the police fail to take legal action against incitement to kill Maltese unborn children, who are also protected by law? The police also had a report to this effect lodged by Michael Bonnici, a former Member of Parliament and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Parliament. What action has been taken by the police so far in connection with this report?

Surely incitement to kill unborn children is much worse than incitement to racial hatred and incitement to violent protests about bird hunting. This failure seems also to have reduced the protocol on abortion, signed by the Malta government and the European Union prior to Malta's entry into the European Union in 2004, to a mere piece of paper, with no meaning at all.

Or has it? When, lately, a Council of Europe report instigated Malta, together with Andorra, Ireland and Poland, to make abortion easier for women, if it had not already done so, the Maltese government was quick to put it on record, and in public, that it has no intentions, and plans to do anything of the sort.

In this connection I imagine many Maltese people are anxious to learn of the action to be taken by the Maltese parliamenatry delegation, led by Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, attending the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly which is due to discuss a report on the issue today.

Let's hope that from now on the government, the police and Aġenzija Appoġġ will show the same clear and unbending determination shown by Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, the Minister of Justice and Home Affairs, to defend the lives and general well-being also of all our unborn children, including those who are taken abroad, surreptiously, to be aborted - to be killed. These are human beings also with legal rights, according to Maltese law, even if they are not in a position to shout and lobby for their rights.

The person sentenced for racial hatred was also charged by the police, and condemned by the court, for insulting the President of Malta.

Surely the President of Malta and all our little unborn children have the same legal rights not only not to be insulted but definitely not to be killed. These rights must be protected by law!

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