A California doctor is proposing a temporary abortion clinic in the Gulf of Mexico to keep access to people in southern states that have banned abortions.
Meg Autry, an obstetrician and gynecologist and a professor, said the idea of providing a clinic on a ship in federal waters, and out of reach of state laws, would allow for surgical abortion, contraception and other care in the first trimester. will offer. University of California San Francisco.
“Reproductive rights are under attack in our country and I am a lifelong advocate for reproductive health and choice. We have to make choices and be thoughtful and creative in helping people in restrictive states get health care,” she Associated told the press.
Autry said the idea is only in the fundraising stage through a non-profit, “PRROWESS” — short for “Protecting the Reproductive Rights of Endangered Women by State Laws.”
The proposal comes as access to abortion has been sharply cut in the southern United States after the US Supreme Court returned the issue of abortion to the states.
Abortion restrictions have gone into effect in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. A Florida law that takes effect after legal back-and-forth prohibits abortion after 15 weeks, with exceptions if the procedure is necessary to save a life, prevent serious injury, or cause a fatal fetal abnormality. Is.
Autry said her legal team believes there is a swathe of federal waters where licensed providers can safely and legally provide abortions out of reach of state laws. For women with abortion restrictions in southern states, going ashore and getting on a boat may be closer and easier than trying to travel to a state where abortion is legal, she said.
“It’s closer and faster access to some people, especially working people living in the southern part of these states,” she said.
Autry said they are still trying to work out many details such as where the boat will start and how the women will get to the ship.