Waves and MALI Invitation for meeting in Rabat, October 8 th, 12.00
Women on Waves and MALI, would like to invite you for a meeting with other women's organisations on Monday, October 8th at 12..00 o'clock in Hotel le Pietri in Rabat.
MALI and Women on Waves would like to explain more about the campaign in Morocco and exchange ideas with you about how to continue. We would like to learn about all your thought and ideas about the campaign and what should be done next.
We will show some footage and present the aims and results of the campaign.
In a video message from the captains of the ship, they will describe how they were treated by the Moroccan authorities.
We really hope to see you in Le Pietri.
Betty and Rebecca
For more information
Women on Waves: +212638926511
MALI invited the Women on Waves ship to Morocco to call attention to the suffering of women in Morocco as a result of the illegality of abortion, and to offer solutions. Women on Waves did not come to violate Moroccan law or to challenge the Moroccan authority.
Legal position Women on Waves
Women on Waves can legally provide medical abortion to women with unwanted pregnancies up until 6.5 weeks (called “overtime treatment”) when the ship is in international waters - where the Morocco penal code does not apply. The statement of the Dutch government that Women on Waves do not have permission to do this is false. This is a tactic of the Dutch government to undermine the activities of Women on Waves. However, the Dutch courts have ruled several times that Women on Waves can legally provide early medical abortions. This was done during other campaigns as well.
Reaction Moroccan Government
When the arrival of the ship was announced, Moroccan Authorities reacted by closing down the harbor to prevent the ship from coming in and preventing the press and the public from accessing the ship. When the Moroccan authorities found out that the ship was already in the harbor, the ship was forced to leave the harbor, escorted by military ships. The ship did not commit any illegal activities and thus, this reaction by the Moroccan authorities violated the international Convention on the Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS) that allows free passage of ships. Additionally, the Moroccan government violated the human right to the Freedom of Expression in Morocco.
Safe abortion hotline
The ship also launched a hotline number, 0633234333, where women can get information about safe medical abortion, to leave a sustainable solution for women on morocco. The hotline provides information on the use of a medicine called Artotec, that is available without prescription in the Moroccan pharmacies. Artotec contains misoprostol, a medicine that can be used to induce a safe abortion at home (until 12 weeks of pregnancy). Misoprostol is on the WHO’s List of Essential Medicines. Unfortunately, most women are not aware of this safe abortion method that requires only 12 tablets of Artotec. The WHO’s recommended method of medical abortion is 4 tablets of misoprostol (200 mcg) administered under the tongue, repeated three times at intervals of at least 3 hours, but for no longer than 12 hours.