Abortions by Pill in International Waters & Online

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:56
Submitted by Carlin Ross

The New York Times has a great piece on the work of Rebecca Gomperts a dutch physican who started women on waves, a mobile abortion clinc on a boat that can sail into countries where abortion is illegal, pick up women, and sail into international waters where there are no laws criminalizing their work. What Iove is that she's using the abortion pill - RU486 - for these women.  I had two abortions by the pill and it was super easy with no risk to my fertility. 

I didn't realize that 40-60% of women live in countries were abortion is illegal or severely restricted to cases of rape and incest.  Rebecca got the idea for her abortion ship while she was working with Greenpeace and saw the need for women to take control of their reproductive lives:

Rebecca has traded in her boat for the internet launching women on web where she dispenses the abortion pill to women in need or hooks them up with local doctors they can trust.  Here's the kicker: out of the 1,000 emails she receives per week about 60 originate in the US.  Recently, a Pennsylvania mother was arrested for ordering RU486 online and giving it to her daughter.  Most states restrict access to RU486. 

I understand the need to regulate these drugs to make sure they're used safely but that's not what this is about.  Conservatives hate the idea of "consequence-free" sex for women (although they have no problem with consequence free sex for men) and being able to terminate a pregnancy by taking a pill in the privacy of your own home at almost no risk to your life or fertility - well that's not going to happen without a fight. 

They just can't bear the thought of women having control over their own bodies.  They have botox parties why not abortion parties where women get together, take their pills with a medical personnel present, and move forward with their lives.  We give birth at home why not terminate at home? 

Because then we'd realize that it's not such a big deal and we have nothing to fear.  In many ways, this is the legacy of the Anti-Choice movement.  They drove abortions out of hospitals...they drove clinics out of their leases...they heaped regulation upon regulation and restriction upon restriction on a woman's right to choose and now we're taking it to the internet.  This is the future of the post-abortion clinic era.

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