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Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:03 PM

This Doctor Moved Her Clinic To The Middle Of The Ocean To Help Women Get Safe Abortions



Dr. Rebecca Gomperts on her ship
CREDIT: VESSEL


http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/01/08/3608164/rebecca-gomperts-vessel/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=tptop3&utm_campaign=tptop3


BY TARA CULP-RESSLER POSTED ON JANUARY 8, 2015 AT 12:41 PM UPDATED: JANUARY 9, 2015 AT 2:18 PM

“How could we create a space in which the only permission a woman needs is her own?”

That’s the question Dr. Rebecca Gomperts poses at the beginning of Vessel, a new documentary that follows her work sailing around the world to teach women how to safely use abortion-inducing drugs. Nearly 15 years ago, Gomperts took to the sea in search of that space for the women who lack reproductive health options.

Gomperts, a physician and former Greenpeace activist, made international headlines after launching the organization Women on Waves, which relies on the use of offshore spaces to advance abortion access. She and her colleagues traveled to countries like Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and Morocco to help women use abortion-inducing pills called misoprostol — also referred to simply as “miso” — to safely end an early pregnancy. They administered miso in a clinic aboard their ship, which was registered in the Netherlands. There, under the jurisdiction of Dutch law, they were able to bring safe abortion to countries where the procedure is otherwise illegal.

Miso is used around the world for multiple medical purposes, like inducing labor, treating post-partum hemorrhages, and preventing ulcers. In many countries, it’s stocked on pharmacy shelves primarily for those purposes. But women desperate to end a pregnancy don’t always realize that the right dosage of miso — 12 pills over the course of 12 hours, according to the World Health Organization — can also be used to induce a miscarriage.

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Omaha Steve Jan 2015 OP
JimDandy Jan 2015 #1
oldandhappy Jan 2015 #2
colsohlibgal Jan 2015 #3
SunSeeker Jan 2015 #4
eggplant Jan 2015 #5
niyad Jan 2015 #6
lastlib Jan 2015 #7
Demeter Jan 2015 #8
Iliyah Jan 2015 #9
locks Jan 2015 #10
riversedge Jan 2015 #11
BeanMusical Jan 2015 #12
Enthusiast Jan 2015 #13
Trillo Jan 2015 #14
Judi Lynn Jan 2015 #15

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:31 PM

1. Good for her! So much better than a hanger. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:52 PM

2. excellent!!!

glad to know about this, thank you for the post.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:59 PM

3. You Go Lady!

I think Rosie O'Donnell first voiced this thought but it rings true - if men could become pregnant abortion clinics would be on every corner like 7-11s.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 01:05 PM

4. K & R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 01:06 PM

5. Excellent.

http://www.womenonwaves.org/

Knowledge is power.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 01:42 PM

6. k and r. and to think, in this country, women are having to resort to this:

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Response to niyad (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 01:46 PM

7. My thought exactly!!

Women own their own bodies! I as a man, and we as a society, get NO say in what they do with it!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 01:59 PM

8. It isn't often we get any unqualified good news. Thanks, Steve!

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 02:01 PM

9. K & R

Keep GOPs off my body!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 02:36 PM

10. Good news

Thank for posting it

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 06:52 PM

11. The way the Repubs are taking

away women's reproductive rights in the US--this ship will be needed off the US shores!

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Response to riversedge (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 12:37 AM

12. She's gonna need a bigger boat.

If they get their way.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 03:40 AM

13. K&R! How incredible!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 07:12 AM

14. Yet another misnomer: miso

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miso

Miso (not misoprostol) was something that was given to radiation poisoned Japanese after WWII, it was found to help with radiation poisoning.

I take notice when newspeak is created. While this story seems like a good one, is the choice of the short label "miso" telling us something else? And if so, what?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 08:08 AM

15. She will need protection from crazed wingers wanting to have the last word, rather than humans.

Hope she is completely surrounded by people of good will who will stand with her, and for her.

Thank you for sharing this good, good news.

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