Copying an idea from a Dutch pro-abortion group, a California abortion doctor wants to set up floating abortion facilities in the Gulf of Mexico near states that protect unborn babies from abortion.
The AP reports the plan, a project of abortionist and University of California San Francisco professor Meg Autry, would target states like Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, all of which protect unborn babies by limiting or banning abortions.
“There’s been an assault on reproductive rights in our country and I’m a lifelong advocate for reproductive health and choice,” Autry said. “We have to create options and be thoughtful and creative to help people in restrictive states get the health care they deserve.”
Autry recently set up a non-profit called PRROWESS, or Protecting Reproductive Rights Of Women Endangered by State Statutes, to create abortion ships to provide first-trimester abortions, according to the report. The ships would skirt pro-life laws by doing abortions on international waters where abortionists are not subject to states’ laws.
Autry said her project still is in the early planning stage. For example, she said they have not worked out yet how to get women to the ships for abortions.
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Here’s more from the report:
Autry said their legal team believes there is a swath of federal water where licensed providers could safely and legally provide abortions out of reach of state laws. For women in southern states with abortion bans, going to the coast and boarding a boat may be closer and easier than trying to travel to a state where abortion remains legal, she said.
“This is closer and faster access for some people, particularly for working people that live in the southernmost part of these states,” she said.
An OB-GYN and abortionist, Autry portrayed her abortion work as a calling, telling NBC News, “It is my life’s work.”
But abortions are not health care, and nearly all abortions in the U.S. are for elective reasons. Notably, Autry did not mention how her abortion ships would provide follow-up care, especially if a woman suffers emergency complications after the abortion.
Abortion ships are not a new idea. The pro-abortion group Women on Waves, based in the Netherlands, began sailing its abortion ship across the world in 1999. Several pro-life countries have blocked the abortion ship from entering their ports because of its life-destroying work.
More than a dozen states are protecting unborn babies from abortion now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, and more are expected to enact pro-life laws in the near future.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates more than 120,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion as a result.