Dutch abortion boat leaves Valencia
A Dutch non-profit organisation which protects women's human rights has left the Spanish port of Valencia after a four-day stay.21 October 2008
VALENCIA -- The abortion boat run by Women on Waves, a Dutch non-profit organisation working to protect women's human rights, has left the Spanish port of Valencia after a four-day stay.
The organisation was invited to Valencia by 33 Spanish organisations. The presence of the Dutch abortion boat, which arrived in Valencia on 16 October, led to fierce discussions but fewer protests than in other countries.
A number of women had pregnancy terminations on board the boat.
Abortion is strictly regulated in Spain. Terminations are only allowed if the pregnancy poses a serious threat to the mental or physical health of the mother, if there are serious foetal malformations or if the pregnancy is the result of rape.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]