All Press Releases
This is an overview of all the press releases about our campaigns; the launch of new hotlines, ships campaigns, legal battles, and other events.
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 »
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 »
Support for Irish Abortion Bus
For immediate release March 5, 2017:
From 6-8 March, ROSA, an Irish abortion rights group, will drive a bus around Ireland, campaigning for an immediate repealing of the 8th amendment. The 8 th amendment in the Irish constitution declares that the life of a fetus has equal value as a woman’s… Read more »
Abortion Ship to provide free services in Guatemala
In collaboration with Guatemalan organisations, the Women on Waves ship will visit the harbor of Puerto San Jose, at Marina Pez Vela. The ship can provide women with free legal medical abortions till 10 weeks of pregnancy after sailing to international waters, 12 miles outside Guatemala. Women with… Read more »
Guatemalan army declare they will denounce the abortion ship without legal grounds
The abortion ship has all required permits to enter, stay and leave Guatemala and has arrived safely yesterday at harbour Marina Pez Vela. Access to the boat has been shut down during the press conference. As the activists started the press conference, they were expelled from the venue by the… Read more »
Positive experiences by Irish women using online abortion service Women on Web reported in new scientific publication
For immediate release 17-10-2016:
Women who accessed at-home early medical abortion using the online abortion service Women on Web in Ireland and Northern Ireland reported positive outcomes for health, wellbeing, and autonomy, according to new research. Read more »
Dutch Minister of Health proposes restrictions on Dutch abortion law
For immediate release 27-6-2016:
The Dutch Minister of Health has announced that she will send a law proposal to the Dutch Parliament that will effectively criminalise the termination of a very early pregnancy (overtijd behandeling). By doing this she will required doctors to apply for a… Read more »
Latin and Central America: Zika crisis sparks demand for abortion
For immediate release 22-6-2016. A new study published yesterday in The New England Journal of Medicine by a group of researchers from the University of Texas, Princeton, Cambridge and the NGO Women on Web shows a dramatic increase in demand for safe abortions in Latin-American countries that… Read more »
Abortion drone Ireland: Abortion pills everywhere!
June 21 th, 2016. The Abortion Drone flew from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland at Narrow Waters Castle. After the drone landed safely two women took the pills. At the same time Women on Waves employed a RC speedboat to send over more pills for the women. Making abortion illegal will… Read more »
Abortion Drone; flight to Northern Ireland
For immediate release:
On Tuesday 21 June, 2016 at 10.00 am the abortion drone will fly abortion pills from Ireland to Northern Ireland at Narrow Water Castle near Newry. Several women will be present at the both sides of the border to reflect on the constant traveling of women between… Read more »
Staat gedagvaard voor belemmeren verstrekking abortus pil
Op 2 Juni 2016, dagvaarden Women on Waves (WoW) en het Proefprocessenfonds Clara Wichmann de Nederlandse Staat voor het onrechtmatig belemmeren van het afleveren van medicijnen voor de overtijdbehandeling door apotheken op voorschrift van huisartsen en andere bevoegde hulpverleners.
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Free medical abortions for pregnant women with Zika offered by Women on Web.
For immediate release 1-2-2016:
The Zika epidemic, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and may cause birth defects in pregnant women is spreading rapidly in South America where abortion is legally restricted. According to the WHO a causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth… Read more »
Abortos médicos gratis para las mujeres embarazadas con Zika, ofrecido por Women on Web
For immediate release: 30-1-2016
La epidemia de Zika, que es transmitida por mosquitos y que puede causar malformaciones congénitas en las mujeres embarazadas, se está expadiendo rápidamente en Sudamérica donde el aborto está legalmente restringido. Aunque todavía no se ha establecido una… Read more »
Abortion Drone flight success
27-6-2015: The Abortion Drone left at 11.00 in front of the Konzerthalle Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach in Frankfurt an der Oder and landed at the opposite side of the river in Slubice, Poland. There were no anti-abortion protesters. After the drones left, the German Police tried to intervene but the… Read more »
Abortion Drone; first flight to Poland
On Saturday June 27 th, 2015 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 Read more »
iTunes release of Vessel, documentary about Women on Waves in Latin America.
The footage of Vessel includes an animation that shows how women can do a safe abortion themselves with misoprostol alone. iTunes will release Vessel on February 9 th, 2015 in the following countries:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark Read more »
Twitter censorship online abortion service Women on Web!
Update 14.45: Twitter blocks tweets again!! Update: 13.00: Twitter just allowed the links and tweet again. For immediate release: 8.00 January 23 th, 2015 Twitter has disabled the possibility to link to the Women on Web website or to tweet a link to the website. Women… Read more »
BBC newsnight-Interview with Rebecca Gomperts-2014
On November 6th 2014, BBC Newsnight interviewed Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of Women on Waves, on account of the release of the award winning documentary 'Vessel'. The film chronicles the last 15 years of Gomperts' struggle to bring abortion to women where it is illegal. Read more »
See VESSEL, film about Women on Waves.
VESSEL, a timely, provocative, and mobilizing film about the work of Women on Waves, has launched an international tour of screenings, intended to provide a forum for further debate, discussion and education about the global challenges facing abortion healthcare. Any group can host a screening! Read more »
Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul censors text by Gomperts
Press release December 20 th, 2012:
Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul censors text about violations of freedom of expression in Turkey written for an artist publication by the director of Women on Waves, Rebecca Gomperts. This makes them complicit with censorship by Turkish… Read more »