Anti-abortionists accuse activist of breaking law

9th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 September 2004, AMSTERDAM — A Portuguese anti-abortion group has lodged a criminal complaint against Dutch pro-choice campaigner Rebecca Gomperts.

9 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — A Portuguese anti-abortion group has lodged a criminal complaint against Dutch pro-choice campaigner Rebecca Gomperts.

The group Motherhood and Life claims Dutch doctor Gomperts violated the law by explaining on Portuguese television how certain medicines can be used to induce an abortion.

Abortion is illegal in staunchly-Catholic Portugal except in situations where the mother's life is in danger. Termination is also allowed if there is a risk to the woman's physical or mental health, or in conditions such as sexual violence or possible congenital deformity.

Gomperts is the founder of the Dutch organisation Women on Waves, which operates a floating abortion clinic on what has been dubbed the abortion ship.

The ship set sail for Portugal on 23 August to campaign for more liberal access to abortion, despite the fact the Dutch Health Ministry has denied the organisation a licence to carry out abortions overseas.

Women on Waves hoped to take Portuguese women on board and give them an abortion pill while in international waters. The use of the abortion pill does not come under Dutch abortion law.

So far the Portuguese government has refused the ship permission to dock and has threatened to use its navy if it tries to reach land.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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