Abortion Ship To Sail Again
Dutch vessel offers offshore procedures in countries where abortion is illegal
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2007 3:52 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The "abortion ship" is returning to international waters after a three-year hiatus, offering early-term procedures to women whose countries ban them. The Dutch nonprofit Women on Waves will distribute abortion pills to women up to seven weeks pregnant on the ship, which was prevented from docking in Lisbon in 2004 by a Portuguese navy blockade.

Portugal now allows abortion; Ireland, Poland and Malta do not. A change in Dutch  leadership had the ship confined to Dutch waters for the last three years; a new coalition has allowed it to sail internationally again, but required a partner hospital in each host country.