Dutch Floating Women's Clinic: 'Women on Waves' Boat Heads For Morocco In Abortion Rights Battle

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Image from a quicklink Moroccan police Thursday escorted from its waters a small yacht carrying women's rights activists claiming to be able to perform abortions on board, after anti-abortion protesters jeered them on land. The Dutch group Women on Waves sailed the boat around the northern Moroccan harbor with banners advertising an information hotline about abortion, which is illegal in most cases in this North African country. A day earlier, the group had said that a ship that can provide "safe, legal, medical abortions" up until 6.5 weeks of pregnancy was on its way from the Netherlands. Medical professionals have traveled before to European nations to raise awareness; the group's founder said that abortions had been performed aboard ship in international waters off of Poland. The trip in the harbor of the Mediterranean coastal town of Smir was the abortion rights group's first event in a Muslim country.

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