Women on Waves visited Spain from October 16 till 21, 2008 at the invitation of 33 Spanish organisations concerned with a better abortion law.
In Spain, abortion was only legal when case the pregnancy poses a threat to the physical or mental health of the woman, or in case of rape or fetal malformations.
The boat was able to sail out to international waters with several women. Outside the Spanish territorial waters the women on board could get a safe, medical abortion. The campaign was covered by media around the world. Spain finally legalized abortion in 2010
Spain legalized abortion!!!
Within 2 years of the Women on waves ships campaign, the Spanish senate approved a new law on sexual and reproductive health, which relaxes restrictions on women’s access to abortion on February 24, 2010 Read more »
Media abortion ship in Spain 2008
News search on Google showed 658 articles from news agencies of all European countries, United States and South America Read more »
Here is a day by day account of the campaign, the action, the activists, the reactions on the to this inititiative and the personal impressions of the people involved. Read more »
Program from October 13 till 21, 2008 Read more »
Kamervragen SGP campagne Spanje, 2008
The Dutch fundamentalist Christian party SGP asked parliamentary questions to the State secretary of health about the new Campaign of Women on Waves in Spain. The Christian Fundamentalists also attack Chantal Gill'ard member of the Dutch parliament for the PvdA (workers party) for coming to… Read more »
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