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## Abortion is restricted throughout much of the world. That's a fact (and here's a map).

You can cheer or boo at that — up to you. But here's another fact: **47,000 women die every year **because those restrictions keep them from accessing the abortion care they need. That's pretty awful.

## Do restrictions on abortions mean that suddenly no one gets abortions anymore?

Absolutely not. Abortions *definitely* still happen regardless of what the laws say, and they always will. Restrictions and bans really just mean that abortions become way less safe because they take place under less-than-ideal circumstances and often not in a licensed, medical setting. It's a situation that can get real dangerous real fast.

## It gave this woman a wild idea.

Rebecca Gomperts is a doctor who was upset at the amount of anti-abortion laws around the world and what they meant for all the women who desperately needed access to care.

## So she outsmarted the law.

You only need to go 12 miles offshore for international waters to begin. That's not very far. And if you're on a boat in those waters, the laws of the country where the boat originated are the laws you must follow.

## IT'S LEGAL.

Not illegal. Not restricted. Legal.

## So if you're on a Dutch ship, you can legally take the abortion pill.

### Whoa. Mind blown.

*Might I add: It's the abortion pill that's on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines. It's legit. Thank you.*

Rebecca and her team are making it happen through an organization called Women on Waves. In the last decade, the org has garnered a lot of attention — both good and bad — as they work to help women in need and advocate for more liberalized laws in the surrounding areas that have extreme anti-abortion laws in place. They currently have ship campaigns working in Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco.

It's brave and fascinating. I mean, there's a reason why it was just turned into an award-winning documentary! The trailer here says it all: