Abortion Boat Gives Another Woman Dangerous Drug, Leaving Spain Tonight

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 20, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Boat Gives Another Woman Dangerous Drug, Leaving Spain Tonight

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 20
, 2008

Valencia, Spain (LifeNews.com) — The abortion boat operated by the Dutch-based pro-abortion group Women on Waves has taken another woman from Spain into international water to give her the dangerous abortion drug RU 486. Also know as mifepristone, the drug has killed more than a dozen women worldwide and injured thousands.

"This morning when the crew was preparing to leave for a short sailing trip, a woman with an unwanted pregnancy who has spent the night in Valencia, sought help," the group told LifeNews.com in an email statement.

‘The captain decided to sail to international waters so that the medical staff could provide her with the abortion pill," the group added.
When in international waters, the vessel operates under the local law of its flag, in this case the Netherlands, and law there allows women to obtain the dangerous abortion pill without preconditions.

In Spain, abortions are allowed for mental health reasons and a professional is supposed to sign off on the need for the abortion beforehand, though abortion centers have been caught routinely flouting the law.

Women on Waves also indicated it will leave Spain early — departing tonight rather than waiting to leave on Tuesday.

"Because the weather conditions will change tomorrow, the captain decided it is best if the ships [sic] leaves Spain this evening after returning to the port and disembarking the passengers," the group said.

At the end of last week, the abortion ship took three Spanish women aboard and gave them the mifepristone drugs.

About 100 pro-life advocates form the group Provida were on hand to protest the ship’s arrival. Actress Pilar Bardem, mother of Hollywood star Javier Bardem, gave a speech to a small crowd of abortion activists who greeted the boat.

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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