Abortion Boat Headed to Spain for Free Abortions Despite Legal Status
by Steven Ertelt
October 14, 2008
Madrid, Spain (LifeNews.com) — The pro-abortion group Women on Waves is taking its dangerous abortion boat to Spain even though abortions are already legal there. Typically the organization goes only to nations where abortions are prohibited in order to do abortions or give women dangerous drugs to cause them.
In an email LifeNews.com obtained, WOW claims more than 30 organizations in Spain invited it to bring the abortion board. It says it will arrive in Valencia on Thursday and will stay for six days.
"Catholic groups are already trying to stop the ship from entering," the organization said.
Technically, in Spain, abortion is only legal in case the pregnancy supposedly is a threat to the physical or mental health of the woman (despite the fact abortions typically cause medical and mental health issues).
Still, over 100,000 abortions are done annually in Spain because abortion practitioners routinely say the abortion is needed for mental health reasons. Officials in Spain have started to crack down on some abortion centers that were completing patient intake forms with that reason checked before women arrived for their abortions.
WOW described why it would take its abortion boat to Spain, even though abortion is generally available throughout most of pregnancy.
"There is a great lack of clarity about the Spanish abortion law," the group said. "By inviting of the Women on Waves ship, the Spanish organizations want to urge the Spanish government to remove abortion from the penal code."
The Spanish groups also want to legitimatize abortion as a medical procedure and get full financial reimbursement for abortions as happens with legitimate medical procedures.
June marked the last occasion on which the operators of the abortion boat tried to take it to international waters to do and promote abortions.
After upsetting residents of Ireland, Poland and Portugal by traveling there over the years, the Dutch-based abortion boat arrived in the South American nation of Ecuador, where abortions are illegal.
The organization recently traded in its converted tugboat, or trawler, for a high-end sailing vessel, but the group suffered problems as the ship literally ran aground in a tropical storm.
The group tried to put a good face on the predicament in a press release and said its officials would spend their time in Ecuador promoting the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has killed more than a dozen women worldwide.
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