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.

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  • Three women sailed to international waters

    This morning three women embarked on the Women on Waves ship to sail to the high, free seas. The ship was accompanied by three other boats filled with press. In international waters, the ship is ruled by Dutch law. Under Dutch law, women with unwanted pregnancies can take the abortion pill free of… Read more »

  • Open ship day on sunday

    Sunday, October 19 th, the Women on Waves ship will be open for public visitation. The Ship is docked in the America's cup harbor of Valencia and will be open to the public from 11.00 till 14.00 o'clock. The harbor authorities have given permission for this event. Today several women with… Read more »

  • Free abortions for Spanish women on board Women on Waves ship.

    At the invitation of more than 30 Spanish organizations, the Women on Waves ship will arrive in the harbor of Valencia on October 16 at 17.00 o?clock. The ship will stay still October 21. Catholic groups are already trying to stop the ship from entering. Press Information From October 15-22:… Read more »

  • Virgin launches hotline for safe abortion

    Quito, Ecuador June 18, 2008 The Virgin de Panecillo revealed a banner with the text “Safe abortion, 099004545". The number is from a hotline that will provide women with information about how they can do a safe abortion with pills themselves at home and other information related to sexual… Read more »

  • Safe abortion with pills for Ecuadorean women

    The press conference will take place at the Panecillo in Quito at 11.30 with a surprise action during which the abortion helpline will be launched. The hotline (number 593 99004545) will provide women with information explaining how they can do a safe abortion themselves with pills at home. For… Read more »

  • Women on Waves disappointed about new license

    Every year 20 million illegal abortions are preformed and 70 000 women die needlessly as a result of illegal abortions. Women on Waves takes action and fights for safe and legal abortion. Read more »

  • Polish parliament voted against proposed amendments in Polish Constitution.

    Protection of dignity from the moment of conception will not be incorporated into Polish Constitution. Read more »

  • Portuguese parliament votes to legalize abortion!!

    On March 9, 2007 Portugal's parliament approved the legalization of abortion till 10 weeks by a majority vote. Now only Poland, Malta and Ireland need to liberalize their restrictive anti-abortion laws. Read more »

  • "Yes" to legalize abortion in Portugal!!

    On 10th of April Portugal's president ratified a law allowing women to obtain abortions until the 10th week of pregnancy. The abortion law will come into force when the government publishes it in official records, probably next month. Read more »

  • Fetus might be protected by constitutional article in Poland

    by Kinga Manders: The Polish Parliament in two months will vote whether to change article 38 of the Constitution or not. The article guarantees the protection of life of every human being. The League of Polish Families' proposal is to add "from the moment of conception" at the end of the… Read more »

  • Portuguese Parliament Approves National Referendum On Loosening Abortion

    25 Oct 2006: Finally almost 2 years after winning the elections the socialist government will held a referendum on abortion on February 11, 2007. If the referendum is approved by the president and constitutional court, voters will be asked: "Do you agree with the decriminalization of the… Read more »

  • Raad van State vernietigt 25 kilometer beperking aan vergunning Women on Waves .

    Na aanvankelijke weigering door de Minister van VWS in 2002 om Women on Waves een vergunning te verlenen - voor het afbreken van zwangerschappen in het eerste trimester (tot 13 weken) in een mobiele kliniek die op een boot of vrachtwagen kan worden verplaatst - is de weigering door de rechtbank… Read more »

  • European Parliament debates abortion ship

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Parliament legislators on Thursday turned a fight over abortion rights in Portugal into an emotional and divisive debate on women's rights and the division between church and state. (The full text of the debate can be found at website EU Please click on Debates… Read more »

  • Back home from Portugal

    The Women on Waves ship Borndiep arrived back in the Netherlands on Tuesday the 14 th of September The ship and its crew had left for Portugal on august 23 on the invitation of the Portuguese organizations Não te Prives, Youth Action for Peace, UMAR and Club Safe. Read more »

  • Medical Team flies back to the Netherlands Sunday, 12th of september

    As planned, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, Dr. Gunilla Kleiverda, Gemma Pagano and the rest of our team will return home with flight TAP 662 at 18:00 hours from Lisboa Airport. Read more »

  • Rumours of prosecution exaggerated

    A Portuguese anti-abortion group has accused Rebecca Gomperts of breaking the Portuguese law because she explained on the Portuguese television how an abortion can be done. Read more »

  • On the appeal in Coimbra administrative court.

    Today Paulo Portes claimed at 13.00 that the court in Coimbra had affirmed his decision of keeping the Borndiep out of Portuguese national waters. His incorrect statements made it clear that he had not read the court decidion, which was actually also impossible as it only arrived at the lawyers… Read more »

  • Borndiep sails to the North. Dutch politicians meet Portuguese.

    In the morning of Friday September 3 the captain of the ship Borndiep of Women on Waves, informed a shipping agency of the harbour in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, that the ship needed to bunker gasoline and fresh water. Read more »


    CGTP-IN: A decisão do Governo português de impedir a entrada do barco da organização holandesa Women on Waves em águas nacionais, é, para a CGTP-IN, acima de tudo, uma hipocrisia e constitui uma violação grave do direito à liberdade de expressão, de informação e de livre circulação de pessoas. Read more »

  • Comments to the statement of Dutch Minister of Foreign affairs of The Netherlands

    The minister Bot has stated that the Portuguese Minister of Defense cannot prevent the ship from entering Portuguese territorial waters on the bases of his sole argument that the ship violates the United Nations convention of the Sea. Read more »

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