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Mexico: Dutch Ship Provides Free Safe Abortions in International Waters

HeadlineApr 25, 2017

In Mexico, a Dutch ship operated by the organization Women on Waves spent the weekend in international waters off the coast of Guerrero providing free safe abortions. Outside of the capital, Mexico City, abortion is illegal except in limited cases, such as rape, forcing women to seek dangerous clandestine abortions. This is Women on Waves Director Rebecca Gomperts.

Rebecca Gomperts: “We’re here with the ship Adelaida in Zihuatenejo, Mexico, to raise awareness to the violations of women’s rights here in Guerrero, where abortion is still very restricted. We can take out women to international waters, where the Mexican jurisdiction doesn’t apply anymore, and provide medical abortions to women in international waters.”

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