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Abortion boat to target women facing unplanned pregnancies

Since Roe v Wade was overturned, 13 states have made abortion illegal, leading activists to launch an ‘at sea’ abortion campaign to provide abortions on boats.

According to the Guardian, some states that continue to allow abortions have seen an increase in women seeking abortion from neighbouring states in which abortion has been restricted. 

Abortion boats

This has led abortion supporters to capitalise on women seeking abortions out of state, leading to the creation of a number of mobile abortion clinics, with one woman attempting to set up a mobile abortion clinic on a boat that she intends to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

Meg Autry wants to get around the law in states, like Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, where abortion is restricted. She says she was inspired by gambling boats in the 1950s, which were able to operate because river waters were not regulated in the same way as the land.

The idea is that, by operating in federal waters, they will be outside the jurisdiction of state law and, as a result, they will be able to offer surgical abortions. According to Autry, her legal team believes it will be possible to perform abortions in federal waters. While surrounding states are attempting to protect the lives of their unborn citizens, Autry is attempting to ensure that those unborn citizens do not benefit from such protections.

Roe v Wade

The overturning of Roe v Wade permitted individual states to decide their own abortion legislation.

At the time of Roe v Wade’s overturning, nine states had pre-Roe restrictions on abortion that could potentially be enforced, and 13 states had what abortion advocates labelled as “trigger bans” in place, meaning that abortion restrictions would be in place now that Roe has been overturned.

A number of states have an explicit “right” to abortion at least up to some point in pregnancy.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said “It is sad to see Autry using her entrepreneurial talents to effectively undermine efforts to protect the unborn. There is no mention from these abortion activists of offering practical and financial support to help women keep their babies. Again, we have abortion campaigners showing that they are only really pro one choice, and that is abortion”.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.