It has now emerged that a Dutch pro-abortion has managed to enter Moroccan waters despite attempts to block its progress.
The Women on Waves vessel’s first visit to a Muslim country is aimed at raising awareness about safe termination methods.
It is now said to be moored in the northern port of Smir and surrounded by Moroccan warships.
“There are between 600 and 800 abortions performed every day in Morocco are done every
day, but people aren’t aware of these alarming figures,” says pro-abortion activist Ibtissame Lachgar.
“There are dramatic consequences from backstreet or clandestine operations, both physically and mentally. Some of these are extremely serious and vary from mutilation to death, which is why we want abortion legalised,” she added.
As in other Muslim countries, abortion is illegal and
punishable by up to 20 years in jail under Moroccan law.
In the past, the Women on the Waves ship has visited traditionally Roman Catholic countries including Spain, Portugal and Ireland.