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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  • "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 »

  • Paulo Portas makes false accusations again;

    Once again Women on Waves would like to declare that it all its activities on Portuguese territory will comply with all Portuguese laws. Paulo Portas does not seem to want to hear that the ship has and never had any intention to distribute any medicines within Portugal. Read more »

  • Portugese Government in violation of international treaties


  • Statement nr. 0010/SEAM/2004 from the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Portugal

    Here are the faxes of the portugese ministers that do not want us to come to Portugal. Read more »

  • Permission requested to enter Harbour of Figueira da Foz

    Following the normal procedures, today (27-08-04)Women on Waves officially requested authorization to enter the harbour of Figueira da Foz. Within the European Union the request for authorization is only a formality. Read more »

  • Women on Waves sets sail to Portugal

    On the invitation of the Portuguese organizations Não te Prives, Youth Action for Peace, UMAR and Club Safe, the ship of Women on Waves will set sail to Portugal on August 23rd where it will stay for two weeks. Read more »

  • We will sail again on monday 23 august

    On invitation of local organizations the ship of Women on Waves will set sail again. During a press conference on Monday, August 23, Women on Waves will make a statement about the aim of the voyage and disclose the next destination of the ship. Read more »

  • Women on Waves sets sail to Poland

    Polish civil rights and women's organizations have invited Women on Waves to support them in their struggle for legal and safe abortion in Poland. Abortion was legal ten years ago. Read more »

  • Ship arrives today in Wladyslawowo

    Because of stormy weather the ship of Women on Waves will arrive today, Friday, at approximately 17 hours in the harbor of Wladyslawowo. Read more »

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