I have a tangential relationship with a young women who is working for Women on Waves.
Quoting from its website, "Women on Waves sails a ship to countries where abortion is illegal. With the use of a ship, early medical abortions can be provided safely, professionally and legally. Applicability of national penal legislation, and thus also of abortion law, extends only to territorial waters; outside that 12-mile radius (or 2 hours sailing) it is thus Dutch law that applies on board the ship, which means that all our activities are legal. Millions of women worldwide have used Mifepristone and Misoprostol to terminate pregnancy with impressive safety and efficacy. Therefore the medicines have been on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines since 2005. Women on Waves has already created enormous public interest in its efforts and has completed successful campaigns in Ireland (2001), Poland (2003,) and Portugal (2004), and Spain (2008)."
If, and it is a big if, Romney gets elected, or even worse, if a Republican Congress gets elected too, the WAVE organization won't have far to go. They can anchor their ships off the Jersey Shore.
I remember the olden days when back alley abortions resulted in the death of the young woman. Polly Bergen said that she had an abortion as a teenager and the resulting butchery left her unable to ever have any children. There was a major tragedy tragedy in the Philadelphia area when the daughter of a prominent family became pregnant. Her mother did not approve of the social standing of the father and, even though they were in love and wanted to get married, the mother took her daughter to a back alley for an abortion. And the daughter died. Mediczlly approved abortions were not available.
And all of this hoopla over women's reproductive rights is being generated by 17th and 18th century thinking men. Their thinking must be that women don't have the right to express an opinion. Is their next step to deny women the right to vote? We must keep the narrow minded politicians out of office.
Hooray for the people who have strong moral principles and adhere to them but part of that morality must be not to infringe on my freedoms. Those zealous, fundamentalists must be kept out of office. You know how to read. Protect everybody's rights.
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