Permit curbs abortion boat work

24th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 April 2007, THE HAGUE – The boat used by the Women on Waves foundation as a facility to perform abortions for women from countries where it is banned will soon be unable to sail and carry out activity in international waters.

24 April 2007

THE HAGUE – The boat used by the Women on Waves foundation as a facility to perform abortions for women from countries where it is banned will soon be unable to sail and carry out activity in international waters.

Foundation chairperson Rebecca Gompert said this after examination of the permit issued by Public Health State secretary Jet Bussemaker on Monday. Gompert says the new permit sets "entirely unrealistic" conditions, the Volkskrant reports.

It stipulates that the facility on board the boat may only carry out terminations if a cooperation agreement has been reached with a regional hospital in the country off whose shores the facility is operating.

Gompert: "That is impossible of course. In a country like Portugal, where abortion is illegal, no hospital is going to enter that kind of agreement with us." Gompert says the conditions set by the ministry constitute a "veiled refusal of permission." She is considering fighting the decision in court.

Women on Waves is permitted to carry out very early term curettage procedures at the moment. The cabinet wants these to soon be covered by the abortion law, making them subject to waiting periods for instance. "When that happens we will not be able to operate any more," Gompert says.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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