Originally posted by sh76 to KazetNagorra
You don't see organizations running around the world violating local laws to treat car accident victims. You see it with abortion because it makes a political statement and you know it.
If reproductive health were really the agenda, they'd get a hell of a lot more bang for their buck educating people on how to avoid unwanted ...[text shortened]... nd embarrassing countries that limit abortion rights than it is truly about reproductive health.
"...violating local laws..."
'Violating' is false. Does Sh76 believe it's illegal to perform an abortion aboard a Dutch ship in international waters?
It would be fair to say that Women on Waves may aim to *circumvent* local laws.
The moral argument is that women have a universal basic human right to choose an
abortion, at least of a pre-viable fetus, and WoW acts to make that human right meaningful.
By the way, I have heard Western men strongly encourage women in some Islamic societies
to 'violate local laws' on female dress codes. Most women would regard being forced
to continue their unwanted pregnancy until they give birth as a more life-changing
violation of their human rights than being compelled to keep their hair covered in public.
"You don't see organizations running around the world ... to treat car accident victims."
Orbis International is a NGO that operates a 'flying eye hospital' (aboard a DC-10) , which
travels around the world, offering (free) operations to save or restore eyesight to poor
people in developing countries. Would Sh76 object to Orbis's 'political statement'?
Has Sh76 heard of the 'coat hanger' protest against anti-choice abortion laws in Poland?
"Poland's Coat Hanger Rebellion Against a New Anti-Abortion Law"
So Sh76 apparently believes it's wrong to 'embarrass' Poland about its draconian anti-choice abortion laws.
Many women and even men *in Poland* disagree with Sh76 and believe that Poland's government should be embarrassed.
Here's a commentary by a Polish woman:
"A Polish Abortion Ban Would Turn Women Back Into Child-Bearing Instruments"
--Zofia Reych (8 April 2016)
Contrary to what Sh76 may assume, many Polish women *already* have been leaving
Poland (such as to Slovakia) in order to have abortions (which typically are expensive).
Should a poor woman have the same opportunity as a rich woman to exercise her reproductive choice?
I already am aware that some sexist men here would prefer that women be kept in their
'natural place' as 'child-bearing instruments', subordinate to men.