Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Abortion Ship to provide free services in Guatemala

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 febbraio 2017

abortionIn collaboration with Guatemalan organisations, the Women on Waves ship will arrive in the harbor of Puerto San Jose, at Marina Pez Vela. The ship can provide women with free legal medical abortions till 10 weeks of pregnancy after sailing to international waters, 12 miles outside Guatemala.
Abortion is only allowed to save a woman’s life under the Guatemalan Criminal Code. As a result an estimated 65.000 illegal and unsafe abortions take place in Guatemala each year. Yearly, approximately 21.600 women are hospitalized with complications and unsafe abortions are the third cause of maternal death in the country (Guttmacher insitute). Especially at the dawn of the Zika crisis, access to safe abortion is fundamentally an issue of social justice. Women on Waves can provide the abortion pill up to 10 weeks of pregnancy after sailing to international waters 12 miles outside the Guatemalan territorial waters. The ship will be in Guatemala for five days. Counseling, treatment and aftercare will be done according to high European medical standards. The medicines used for a medical abortion are a combination of two pills that have been on the list of essential medicines of the WHO since 2005. Scientific research by the World health Organisation has shown that medical abortion is very safe and effective. (photo: abortion)


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