Dutch ‘abortion ship’ due in Guatemala

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Dutch 'abortion ship' due in Guatemala
AFP
Published Feb 23, 2017

The Hague: A Dutch "abortion ship" was Thursday due to arrive in a Guatemalan port to provide free help to women to end unwanted pregnancies, aiming to circumvent the country's strict laws.

Abortion is only allowed in Guatemala in cases where the mother's life is in danger, the non-profit organisation Women on Waves said, adding there are some 65,000 illegal and unsafe abortions in the Central American country every year.

The ship will visit the harbour of the Puerto San Jose, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Guatemala City and will stay for five days, the organisation said in a statement.

"The ship can provide women with free legal medical abortions till 10 weeks of pregnancy after sailing to international waters, 12 miles outside Guatemala," it added.

Continued at source: Deccan Chronicle: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/world/america/230217/dutch-abortion-ship-due-in-guatemala.html