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Marine in Guatemala keeps Dutch abortusboot fixed

Marine in Guatemala keeps Dutch abortusboot fixed

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The abortusboot of the Dutch organisation Women on Waves is since Thursday detained by the navy of Guatemala.

Military Thursday, a press conference of the organization in Marina Pez Vela, the port of the city of Puerto San José, stopped and blocking the access to the ship, reports Women on Waves on the website.

In Guatemala, abortion is permitted only to the life of the mother to save. As a result, according to Women on Waves, on average, around 65,000 illegal abortions per year.

Women on Waves wants to ship outside the territorial waters of the country, where the laws of Guatemala do not apply. According to the organization, all the papers are in order and there are no legal grounds for the ship to hold.

The army of Guatemala has in a statement stated that the organisation’s activities are not allowed to develop because they are in conflict with “what’s in the constitution written about the protection of human life and the laws that are in force in our country”.

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