Women on Waves' sailing boat, which provides abortion onboard, drew outrage from pro-life groups when it anchored off the coast of Mexico last week. Photo courtesy of Women on Waves

Dutch 'abortion ship' draws outrage from Mexican pro-life groups

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  • April 27, 2017

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – A ship offering abortions anchored itself off the coast of Mexico last week, defying Mexican law on the procedure and drawing outrage from pro-life movements.

This is not the first time the vessel, property of the Dutch abortion NGO Women on Waves, has sparked controversy. In October 2012, the ship was blocked by the Moroccan navy from entering the port of Smir. The boat's last voyage this past February ended early after it was detained by Guatemala's army and expelled from the country without performing a single abortion.

According to the Women on Waves website, they perform abortions on women “up to nine weeks pregnant.” The vessel dropped anchor in international waters across from the port of Ixtapa in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

Among the Mexican institutions that support the “abortion ship” are GIRE (Group for Information on Chosen Reproduction), the abortion multinational Catholics for Choice, and IPAS which funds abortion initiatives in various parts of the world.

The international pro-life website CitizenGo, however, said that Women on Waves is trying to “circumvent the law” and that “they are running interference by choosing precisely the dates prior to the tenth anniversary of the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico City, Monday, April 24.”

In a petition drive addressed to the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto and senior military officials, CitizenGo said that “abortion in Mexico is in no case considered a right. It is decriminalized in the case of rape provided the rape has been reported.”

“And in the case of Mexico City it is decriminalized, not legalized – in specific circumstances,” the organization said. “Trying to circumvent the law is a malicious fraud. Attempting to change it is interference and an attack on national sovereignty.”

(Catholic News Agency)

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