Women’s Rights Groups Plan to Deliver Abortion Drugs to Poland By Drone

By Ashwin Subramania - 23 Jun '15 08:51AM
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Four women's rights organizations in Germany are planning to deliver WHO approved DIY abortion pills in Poland.

The move to airdrop the drugs is designed to circumvent the country's strict laws on abortion.

Poland is known to be staunchly Roman Catholic in its beliefs and is one of the few countries in Europe where abortion is legally restricted.

Women can terminate their pregnancy only if their life is in danger or if the foetus is damaged or if there is proof or incest or rape.

The 'abortion drone' will be sent by women's group 'Women on Waves' and is scheduled to make its delivery on June 27 at a Polish border town close to Germany.

Usually the drugs are dispatched through post - once an online order has been placed but this is the first time drone technology will be used to make the drop.

The drugs include misoprostol and mifepristone which can be consumed without medical supervision for pregnancies of less than 9 weeks.

"We can't stop pointing out the lack of safe access to abortion and medical abortion pills. It's a violation of women's rights. We have to make every effort to make sure they get that access," said Gomperts, founder and director of Women on Waves.

"We're very interested in the new developments around drones. In a sense it's a campaign to call attention to the reality for women in Poland. But there's a future for it as a delivery model. We might do it in Ireland."

"There are no regulations or laws that prevent us from doing this or any that say it would be illegal," said Gomperts.

While the abortion drone is not considered to be illegal, it is not permitted for women in Poland to take abortion pills without a doctor's approval. Gomperts is also unsure of the Polish government will respond to their planned drone attempt.

"It's the first time we're doing something like this, so we don't know what the Government's going to do. We're just going to see what happens."

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