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Floating Abortion Clinics


Radical reactionaries require innovative solutions and we should be considering all options when dealing with the crazies who rule us. Here’s an idea:

To serve patients on the Gulf Coast who may be closer to the water than an abortion clinic, Amy Autry, an OB-GYN and professor at the University of California San Francisco, is spearheading a project that would provide abortion services on a boat in federal waters a few miles off the coastline. The nonprofit is called PRROWESS, an acronym that stands for Protecting Reproductive Rights Of Women Endangered by State Statutes.

Federal laws don’t currently prohibit abortion, so a floating clinic could legally operate without running afoul of state laws. Autry, who previously worked as an abortion provider in Wisconsin, hopes the clinic will be open to patients about three weeks out of every month. I spoke to Autry about her plans, the demand for a floating clinic, and the challenges she expects to face. Our conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

The rest of the piece is an interview with Autry. Check it out. Whole thing is really quite interesting and well-thought out. Might have to airlift people to international waters once the national abortion ban comes the day after Republicans next take the trifecta. Until then, expect states to make new wild claims to maritime rights.

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