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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  • Free electronic prescriptions for emergency contraceptives for Poland!

    Yesterday, May 25 th, the Polish Government voted in favour of limiting access to all emergency contraception by requiring a doctor’s prescription. Emergency contraceptive is available over the counter in almost all European countries. In response to this violation of women’s rights, Women on Web… Read more »

  • Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative.

    May 17th, 2017: A new scientific study published today in the BMJ shows that telemedical abortions are highly effective.

    The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas in Austin, Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. They looked at the data of 1,000… Read more »

  • 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. Women with unwanted pregnancies in need of help can call 7559800548

    On Friday April 24th at 10am there will be a press conference at the hotel Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa 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 »

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  • Abortion drone Ireland, 2016

    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

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    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 on Web was founded by… 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 »

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