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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  • 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… Lees meer »

  • 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:… Lees meer »

  • 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… Lees meer »

  • 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… Lees meer »

  • Women on Waves teleurgesteld over besluit vergunning

    Jaarlijks vinden 20 miljoen illegale abortussen plaats en sterven 70.000 vrouwen aan de gevolgen van illegale abortussen. Women on Waves voert actie voor veilige abortus. Lees meer »

  • Polish parliament voted against proposed amendments in Polish Constitution.

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

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • "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. Lees meer »

  • Fetus might be protected by constitutional article in Poland *

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  • 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… Lees meer »

  • 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… Lees meer »

  • 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… Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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… Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »


    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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

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