We just landed in staunchly Catholic Malta, the most religious country in Europe. Malta is so conservative that divorce is still illegal, one of only three countries in the world not allowing any form of divorce (the others are the Phillipines and the Vatican City). Discrimination against homosexuality has been legally disbarred, for the country to remain complient with EU law, but support for same-sex marriage is only at 18%.
As you might expect, for such a conservative country, abortion is completely illegal, under all circumstances. Maltese girls that want an abortion need to fly to Italy. Even then, the anti-choice brigade try to interfere, in our Air Malta inflight magazine was this anti-abortion ad, with a link to a religious propaganda website full of medically incorrect advice.
I was asking Duncan about this, and actually there is news afoot on Divorce in Malta. While the government is against legalising divorce, the opposition is in favour of it. Now one of the Labour opposition members has put forward a private members bill to allow divorce, and he has the support of at least one member of the government - his estranged wife who would really like to divorce him in return. Now that is bipartisan support!