[Cmi-mulheres] women on waves - infos
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Segunda Setembro 6 07:00:23 PDT 2004
since the last week of August Women on Waves
set sail again, this time to Portugal. probably some of you heard about
latest controversies (the ship, Borndiep, is not allowed into
waters). latest press release below. best, s.
Women on Waves, founded in 1999, aims to prevent unwanted pregnancy and
illegal unsafe abortions. Every 6 minutes somewhere on the world a
dies needlessly as a result of illegal, unsafe abortion. In response to
this violation of women’s human rights and medical need, Women on Waves
operates a mobile clinic on a ship that sails to countries where
is illegal. This is done at the invitation of local women's
With the use of a ship, early medical abortions can be provided safely,
professionally and legally. In countries where abortion is illegal, the
local laws only apply within territorial waters; outside this 12-mile
Dutch law applies on board a Dutch ship. In 2002 the Dutch Minister of
Health confirmed in writing that Women on Waves can safely and legally
provide the abortion pill to women with early unwanted pregnancies
(‘overtijdbehandeling’) on board the ship.
Women on Waves already sailed to Ireland (2001) and Poland (2003).
Portugal refuses safe harbour
In the morning of Friday September 3 the captain of the ship Borndiep
Women on Waves, informed a shipping agency of the harbour in Figueira
Foz, Portugal, that the ship needed to bunker gasoline and fresh water.
After no answer was received at 18.00 hours Women on Waves decided the
Borndiep had to go to Spain, like 10.000 Portuguese women do every year
get the services they need. Late at night the Borndiep received the
notification that even only bunkering gasoline and water was refused
that Portugal refused a safe harbour for the Borndiep. Women on Waves
states once again that this is a severe violation of the national and
international regulations and agreements of free passage an entry of
harbours. The Borndiep will return to the Portuguese borders near
da Foz as soon as possible.
On Thursday September 2, minister Bot, minister of foreign affairs of
Netherlands spoke with the minister of foreign affairs of Portugal,
Monteiro, to inform him that the majority of the Dutch Parliament asked
freedom of passage of the Borndiep to the harbour of Fiqueira da Foz.
on Waves is still waiting for an official reaction from the Portuguese
Today, Saturday September 4, two Dutch parliamentarians, L.van der Laan
(D´66) and K. Arib (PVDA) especially come to Portugal to attend a
workshop in Lisbon on Saturday at 21.00 hours at Casa Amarela in
All Portuguese parties are invited to the workshop. The Dutch
parliamentarians will also pay a visit to the ship on Sunday September
Sunday afternoon at 16.30 hours, a work shop for Portuguese artists
take place in the Escola Nautica in the harbour of Fiqueira da Foz.
Desperate Portuguese women keep calling the help number of Women on
every day. Women on Waves tries to help them in any way they can.
For further information:
00 351 914477770
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