Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off the coast of Mexico

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Dutch 'abortion boat' arrives off the coast of Mexico
April 21, 2017

Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international waters.

Women on Waves has visited waters off Guatemala, Ireland, Morocco, Poland, Portugal and Spain [File: Reuters]

A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico's west coast, according to the organisation which operates it.

The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries' laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on Mexico's southern Pacific coast.

Women on Waves, a non-profit group, said in an online statement that it was offering "free legal medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy" to women who needed them. It said its ship "has all required permits" and would receive women until Sunday.

Continued at link: Al Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/dutch-abortion-boat-arrives-coast-mexico-170422042001781.html

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Morocco: Abortion: Why I’m Pro-Choice

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By Ghita Benslimane-
November 6, 2016, Morocco World News

Casablanca — When the issue of abortion was brought up in the third and final U.S. presidential debate, I sighed. “Here we go again,” I said to myself, because it was 2 A.M. in Morocco and I was adamant about having to live stream the debate. I knew what Donald Trump had to say was going to disappoint me. And it did. Trump again reiterated his pro-life stance, calling abortion “[ripping] the baby out of the womb” and Hillary again had to condemn his scare rhetoric and defend women’s rights to choose.

Watching that debate unfold made me think of the status of abortion rights in my own country. I am proud of Morocco for amending the penal code in June; it finally made abortions legal in cases of incest, rape and birth defects. That said, nowhere in Morocco can you get a legal abortion if you don’t fall in one of the exempted categories detailed in the law’s latest amendment.

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Source: Morocco World News

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