The Dutch organization Women on Waves (WoW) cancelled all upcoming trips of its so-called floating abortion clinic. According to RH Reality Check, the "abortion boat" docked in international waters and provided abortion pills and information about reproductive health to women all over the world.
WoW had special permission from the Dutch Health Minister to distribute abortion pills, but in May the Dutch government restricted distribution of the medication to specially-approved clinics. WoW plans to challenge the decision with a lawsuit. The organization may face another legal battle as the Health Inspection Office is seeking to prosecute WoW for distributing the abortion pill off the coast of Spain in 2008, reports RH Reality Check. Earlier this year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of WoW in a case brought forward by Portugal, which banned the floating clinic from entering its waters.
Rebecca Gomperts, who founded WoW ten years ago, told NRC Handelsblad that the ship was used as a campaign symbol but no surgical abortions were performed there. "The abortion boat is a myth. There are people who think we provide practical help all over the world. Of course it's a pretty sight: a ship entering a harbor full of women saying: abortion is a right. And then there will always be people wanting to stop the boat. The result is a symbolic fight that speaks to the imagination...Our only real strategy is letting women know that there is such a thing as the abortion pill," she said.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .