Abortion Drone; first flight to Poland

 

On Saturday June 27 th the Abortion drone flies for the first time packages of abortion pills from Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany to Słubice in Poland.

The campaign is a collaboration between Women on Waves; Cocia Basia, a Berlin based abortion support group for Polish women; Feminteka Foundation from Warsaw, the 8 th of March women’s rights informal collective “Porozumienie kobiet 8 marca”, Berlin-Irish Pro Choice Solidarity, Codziennik Feministyczny and the Political group Twoj Ruch.

The Abortion drone will mark the different reality for Polish women to access to safe abortion services compared to other women in Europe. In almost all European countries abortion is legal, only in Poland, Ireland and Malta abortion is illegal and women’s rights are still violated.[1]

Abortion drone

Abortion drone

Drones are used to make areal shots and for military purposes. However they can also be used to deliver packages. Both Google and Amazon are also already testing the possibility to deliver packages. 

So drones can also be used to provide safe abortion pills by uploading the package in Germany, where abortion is legal and delivering it into a border town in Poland where abortion is severely restricted since 1993. The only exception is in cases of rape or incest, when woman's life is in danger, or if there is potential damage to fetus, and even in these cases, abortion is very difficult to obtain.

As the Abortion drone weighs less than 5 kg, is not used for any commercial purposes, will stay within the sight of the person flying it and does not fly in controlled airspace, no authorization is required under Polish or German law. [2] [3]

 

Abortion reality in Germany and Poland

According to the World Health organisation “In countries where induced abortion is legally highly restricted and/or unavailable, safe abortion has frequently become the privilege of the rich, while poor women have little choice but to resort to unsafe providers, causing deaths and morbidities that become the social and financial responsibility of the public health system” and “Laws and policies on abortion should protect women’s health and their human rights. Regulatory, policy and programmatic barriers that hinder access to and timely provision of safe abortion care should be removed.” [4]

Germany, a country with 80 million population and one of the lowest abortion rates in the world (together with Belgium and the Netherlands) had around 99700 abortions in 2014 according to the German National Statistics bureau.[5][6]

The official number of abortions in Poland, a country with 38 million inhabitants, is only 744. If the abortion rate in Poland is as low as in Germany, in reality at least 48000 underground abortions take place in Poland every year!! Probably this number is much higher, as there is a lack of appropriate sexual education and accessible contraceptive services.  Estimates are that at in reality least 5 times more, or  240000 abortions are done in Poland (44 per 1000 women in child bearing age have an abortion every year in Poland compared to 7 in Germany) [7]

There is also an urgent need for compulsory non-biased sexual education and easy access to all forms of contraceptives, including sterilization (which is also prohibited in Poland)[8].

 

Abortion pills

The medicines used for a medical abortion, mifepristone and misoprostol, have been on the list of essential medicines of the WHO since 2005 and are available in Germany and almost all other European countries. However this medicine is still not registered in Poland. 

Scientific research by the World health Organisation has shown that medical abortion can easily be done by women themselves at home without supervision by health professionals. A medical abortion has the same health impact as a spontaneous miscarriage.  Usually women themselves without additional medical supervision handle a miscarriage. [9]

In Poland, a pregnant woman cannot be subjected to punishment for illegal abortion or for any other action leading to a miscarriage.[10]

For pregnancies of up to 9 weeks (63 days) a medical abortion is done:

1-    A woman swallows 1 tablet of 200 mg Mifepristone

2-    24 hours later the woman puts 4 tablets (800 μg) of misoprostol under the tongue (sublingual).

 

More information

For more information about the participating organizations

 

Women on Waves                                              

www.womenonwaves.org 

Documentary https://vimeo.com/106489346 and https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/vessel/id947738935?ls=1

 

Cocia Basia, an Berlin based abortion support group for Polish women.                          

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ciocia-Basia/728670193835998 .                                                                                

 

Fundacij Feminteka       

http://feminoteka.pl/

 

Informal collective “Porozumienie kobiet 8 marca”.                                  

https://www.facebook.com/porozumieniekobiet8marca and http://manifa.org/

 

Berlin-Irish Pro Choice Solidarity 

https://www.facebook.com/berlinirishsoli

 

Polish women who need help with an unwanted pregnancy can call  hotline number +48 (22) 211 8866 or email info@womenonweb.org

 

 

  1. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/175556/1/9789241564984_eng.pdf?ua=1
  2. http://www.espi.or.at/News-Archive/31-may-2012-espi-perspective-on-recent-uas-regulations-in-poland-online  According to the article 126 of Polish Aviation Act, if an UAS were to fly in non-controlled or non-classified airspace, then it would not require any previous permission.
  3. http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/luftvo/__16.html
  4. http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/unsafe_abortion/9789241548434/en/
  5. http://www.dw.de/abortions-in-germany-decline-over-last-decade/a-18305629
  6. http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/policy/WorldAbortionPolicies2013/WorldAbortionPolicies2013_WallChart.pdf
  7. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Life-stages/sexual-and-reproductive-health/activities/abortion/facts-and-figures-about-abortion-in-the-european-region
  8. http://ponton.org.pl/sites/ponton/files/what_sex_education_poland_ponton_report_2009.pdf
  9. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/70914/1/9789241548434_eng.pdf?ua=1
  10. http://www.federa.org.pl/dokumenty_pdf/raporty/report_federa_20_years_polands_abortion_law.pdf