A Floating Abortion Clinic May Bypass New Bans

Roe v Wade continues to have lasting impact.

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Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, Americans have been mapping out alternative routes to abortion. Concerned women are crossing state lines, mobile clinics are popping up, and by-mail abortion pills remain a viable option.

And now, a doctor in California has proposed a floating abortion clinic in the Gulf of Mexico.

How It Would Work

Dr. Meg Autry is an obstetrician and gynecologist and a professor at the University of California San Francisco. And this week, she revealed a potential abortion workaround to the Associated Press. The Doctor has proposed a clinic aboard a ship floating in the Gulf of Mexico. Parts of the Gulf are federal waters and therefore outside the reach of any state laws. The clinic there could offer patients surgical abortions during their first trimester as well as different forms of contraception.

“We have to create options and be thoughtful and creative to help people in restrictive states get the health care they deserve,” Autry told The AP.

The concept has already been vetted by a legal team. The consensus was that certain swaths of the Gulf, indeed, stand outside state legislation.

“This is closer and faster access for some people, particularly for working people that live in the southernmost part of these states,” Autry said. Although many details remain unseen, including where the boat will launch from and how women will get to it, Autry hopes to have the clinic up and running — floating — within a year.

For now, the idea being fundraised by the non-profit PRROWESS, which stands for “Protecting Reproductive Rights Of Women Endangered by State Statutes.”

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