The partner of a pregnant American woman, who had an incompletion in her miscarriage during vacation in Malta, said that she was being treated in a hospital in Mallorca for the reason that Maltese law bans abortion.
Jay Weeldreyer stated to The Associated Press, that Andrea Prudente was being prepared by doctors at Son Espases University Hospital Palma de Mallorca for a procedure to remove any remaining fetal tissue. Prudente was at high risk for a serious infection.
The couple was transported by a medical evacuation flight from Malta to Mallorca on Thursday night.
Prudente, 38 years old, suffered heavy bleeding on June 12th, followed by a premature rupture and separation of the amniotic fluid, Weeldreyer (45), told The AP Thursday.
She was admitted to a Malta hospital, where they carefully checked her for signs of infection. However, the hospital could not perform the necessary surgery to end the miscarriage.
Malta is the only member country of the European Union that bans abortions for any reason.
The couple, from Issaquah in Washington, arrived in Malta on June 5, for what they planned to be a "babymoon vacation". Prudente began bleeding a week into their trip. Weeldreyer stated that they were confronted with the "worst possible worlds" where there was no choice. He said that Prudente was 16 weeks pregnant.
Spanish law allows abortion to be requested up until the 14th week. If a woman's health or life is at risk, it is allowed up to the 22nd.
Last week, the Women's Rights Foundation of Malta filed a legal protest before a court asking for the legalization and legalization of abortion in this tiny island nation.