Pro-abortion group plans more drone attacks on pro-life countries

by Courtney Crandell
Posted 7/10/15, 11:40 am

After one successful drone attack on pro-life Poland, a group of abortion activists is planning to target Ireland next.

Women on Waves sent two drones from Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, to Slubice, Poland, on June 27. The remotely piloted aircraft carried abortion drugs across the border. As part of the publicity stunt, two Polish women ingested the pills, but they were not pregnant, according to Agence France-Press. Women on Waves conducted the drone launch to draw attention to abortion restrictions in Poland.

“It’s a symbolic operation designed to show that just a few kilometers can be a gulf in terms of respect for women’s rights, reproductive rights which are human rights,” said Jula Gaweda, a spokesperson for Feminoteka, one of the local groups participating in the abortion drug delivery.

A physician prescribed the pills delivered to a small crowd on the other side of the Odra River. About a dozen German and Polish pro-lifers also gathered at the landing sight, distributing plastic models of unborn children at about 9 weeks gestation, Human Life International (HLI) reported.

“Nothing in the world could make the feminists hold [the baby],” said Lech Kowalewski, assistant director at HLI Poland. “Several panicked and dropped the small baby models, while others in attendance held them up for selfies that spread all over Polish media.”

German police confiscated the drone controllers and iPads used by Women on Waves after the drones took off. The police pressed charges, but “it is totally unclear on what grounds,” Women on Waves said in a press release. 

Poland, a 90 percent Catholic country, only allows abortions up to the 12th week of pregnancy in cases of rape and incest. It also allows abortions up to the 24th week for fetal deformities or threats to the mother’s life. After 24 weeks, abortions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis if the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life. The World Health Organization reports the legal abortion rate in Poland is less than 1 abortion per 100 live births.

Stunts to raise abortion awareness are common practice for Women on Waves, a group founded by abortionist Rebecca Gomperts in 1999. In 2001, the organization launched an abortion ship to offer the procedure in international waters outside countries where abortions are illegal. The boat first stopped at Ireland then Poland, Portugal, Spain, Ecuador, and Morocco. 

Now, Women on Waves has indicated it plans to target Ireland again with abortion drones, Gomperts told Newsweek. Abortion is illegal in Ireland except in cases threatening the mother’s life. But the contry has experienced international pressure to loosen its abortion laws. The UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights released a report in June recommending Ireland “revise its legislation on abortion, including the Constitution and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, in line with international human rights standards.”

Women on Waves claims allowing women to take abortion medication on their own is safe. But a study conducted last year by the University of California San Francisco revealed chemical abortions have a 5.2 percent complication rate in the United States.

And, though Women on Waves’ drone delivery of abortion medication is largely a publicity stunt, it does represent the trending reduction of physician involvement in abortions, said Randall K. O’Bannon, National Right to Life’s director of education and research.

“Gomperts’ move is simply an extension of the abortion industry’s efforts to reduce physician involvement and make abortion less dependent on the dwindling supply of willing abortionists,” he said. “Even the most minimal, sensible caution has been thrown to the wind for the sake of the cause.”

Courtney Crandell

Courtney is a Virginia journalist. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyLeeC.

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