Abortion ship visit in Mexico, April 2017
Women on Waves arrived in Ixtapa on April 19 th on the invitation of more than 40 Mexican women's organisations. Abortion is only legal in Mexico DF since 10 years but abortion is still illegal in the rest of Mexico.
On April 20 th, before announcing the campaign publicly, the ship sailed out to international waters with two women. In international waters, outside the jurisdiction of Mexico and Guerrero, the women received safe medical abortions. The goal of the campaign is to call attention to the violation of women's rights caused by the restrictive abortion law in Guerrero. Here you can read more about the campaign
Abortion ship sailed out with women
Before publicly announcing the campaign, the abortion ship sailed out with 2 women to international waters.
It was difficult to leave the harbour of Ixtapa because of the waves at the entrance so we decided to return with the ship to the bay of Zihuatanejo. On the way the ship was saluted… Read more »
Press conference, red flags and guards
On April 21st, Women on Waves and the partner organizations held a press conference in Ixtapa, where participants stated the need for safe and legal abortion on demand throughout Mexico. The rest of the day was filled with a visit to the harbour authority and calls on the safe abortion helpline… Read more »
Open ship's day
Saturday April 22 morning: As the red flag was still up in the harbour, no ships were allowed to leave to the sea. As the ship would not be able to sail out with women today, the press and participants from the conference
visited the abortion ship moored near the peer.
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Meanwhile a women's rights conference took place in a nearby hotel
As part of the ships visit a conference about abortion rights was organised in a hotel near the harbour. Women's rights organisations from all over Mexico participated. Read more »
Application for legal stays granted by the Judge
The lawyers of Gire presented a request for legal stays for the crew of the boat and the director of Women on waves, so that they cannot be expelled from the country.
The judge admitted the request. Read more »
What regulations really apply?
Saturday April 22 nd in the afternoon: Meanwhile the lawyers were in conversation with the harbour authorities who claimed we would need to hire a ships agent and be cleared out of the harbour by migration and customs to be able to sail to international waters. We started this process however after… Read more »
Abortion ship sailed outside Mexican territorial waters for second time.
For immediate release April 22, 2017: Women on Waves sailed out again with several women to international waters today from Zihuatanejo, Mexico. There was no interference from the authorities. The ship did not need any special permission for coastal sailing.
The last 2 days, more than 70 women… Read more »
Media Coverage Mexico 2017
VIDEO FOOTAGE AJ+ - Al Jazeera El financiero Bloomsberg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx_MPoOjxm8 MSN https://www.msn.com/es-co/video/viral/el-%E2%80%9Cbarco-del-aborto%E2%80%9D-ofrece-servicios-en-m%C3%A9xico/vp-BBA8QiV https://www.youtube.com/watch? Read more »
Mexico: background information
Basic information As of 2009, more than one million abortions took place in Mexico. Among unintended pregnancies, which are 55% of all pregnancies, more than half (55%) end up in induced abortions. More than one-third of all women having a clandestine abortion (36%) are expected to have… Read more »
Abortion ship in Mexico
In collaboration with national and local Mexican organisations, the Women on Waves ship arrived in Mexico. The campaign started today and the boat has already sailed out with women to international waters where women can get free legal medical abortions till 9 weeks of pregnancy. Women with… Read more »
Safe abortion hotline received overwhelming number of calls
After the press conference on friday April 21 th, women with unwanted pregnancies started calling to hotline. At around 9 o'clock in the evening in the evening more that 35 women who needed help already called. Read more »
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While the ship was sailing to international waters with women, Mexican women's rights organisations participated in a conference about abortion rights in a nearby hotel Read more »