January 25th, 2006


Floating abortion clinic sets sail

[Women on Waves is early example of the kind of regulatory arbitrage that seasteads will be able to provide, once they're more widespread. ]


Monday, 11 June, 2001, 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK
Floating abortion clinic sets sail

The clinic has been set up in a shipping container
A ship carrying an on-board gynaecological clinic has left the Netherlands for Ireland, where it plans to offer abortions to Irish women.
The ship's departure was shrouded in secrecy to dodge demonstrators.

It left without the necessary authorisation from the Dutch authorities to carry out abortions.

The Dutch-registered ship has been paid for by a private Dutch voluntary organisation, Women on Waves.

The group says it wants to offer abortions to women who cannot travel to the UK, the most popular place for Irish women to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

The ship is due to arrive in Dublin on Thursday.

Family planning

While docked it will give out contraceptives and family planning advice.

Anyone wanting an abortion will be ferried outside Ireland's territorial waters.

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