Woman who had an abortion in Malta is taken to Spain for an abortion

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PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain – A pregnant American who suffered an incomplete abortion while on vacation in Malta was receiving treatment on Friday at a hospital on the Spanish island of Mallorca because Maltese law prohibits abortion, the woman’s partner said.

Jay Weeldreyer told the Associated Press that doctors at Son Espases University Hospital in Palma de Mallorca were preparing his partner, Andrea Prudente, for a procedure to remove remaining fetal tissue because she was at risk of a life-threatening infection.

A medical evacuation flight transported the couple from Malta to Mallorca on Thursday.

Prudente, 38, had heavy bleeding on June 12, followed by a premature rupture of the amniotic sac and placental separation, Weeldreyer, 45, told the AP on Thursday.

The Malta hospital where she was treated carefully monitored her for any signs of infection but was unable to perform surgery to complete the abortion, he said.

Malta is the only European Union member country that bans abortion for any reason.

The couple from Issaquah, Washington, a town near Seattle, arrived in Malta on June 5th for what they planned as a “baby moon” vacation. A week into the trip, Prudente began to bleed and they found the “worst of all possible worlds, where there is no good choice,” Weeldreyer said. He indicated that she was 16 weeks pregnant at the time.

Under Spanish law, abortion is permitted upon request up to the 14th week of pregnancy and up to the 22nd week when the woman’s life or health is in danger.

The Women’s Rights Foundation in Malta filed a legal protest in court last week demanding the legalization of abortion in the small island nation.

Ciarán Giles in Madrid and Frances D’Emilio in Rome contributed to this report.

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