A liberal doctor from California has an extremely bizarre idea to help women seeking abortions.
Dr. Meg Autry is starting an initiative that consists of doctors boarding a floating clinic on Federal waters in order to give women in southern states abortions.
As for right now, Dr. Autry is aiming to raise over $20 million dollars for the floating abortion clinic.
Since Roe v. Wade has been overturned the Biden admin has also suggested the idea of Federal land becoming a refuge for women seeking an abortion in states where the practice is banned.
Floating abortion clinic planned off Alabama coast in Gulf of Mexico https://t.co/4qxnWWezju
— AL.com (@aldotcom) July 10, 2022
The idea is to provide a clinic aboard a ship in federal waters, out of reach of state laws, that would offer surgical abortions and other care, said Dr. Meg Autry, OB-GYN and professor at the University of California San Francisco. https://t.co/0TDiLCmgg9
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 10, 2022
Alabama News had more on the story:
A California doctor plans to offer abortion services to women in Southern states such as Alabama, via a boat that operates as a floating clinic in federal waters off the Gulf Coast, according to news reports.
Dr. Meg Autry, an OB-GYN in San Francisco, aims to raise about $20 million for the project known as PRROWESS, or Protecting Reproductive Rights of Women Endangered by State Statutes.
“The project is being funded with philanthropy and the patients care is on a needs basis, so most individuals will pay little to nothing for services,” Autry said in an interview with NBC Bay Area.
Autry, who’s also a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, said the floating clinic will provide surgical abortions up to 14 weeks, contraception, on-site testing for sexually transmitted infections and more.
Her goal is to offer reproductive services to women in states with laws that ban abortion, limit the procedure or make it hard to access. A team of licensed medical professionals would staff the clinic for about three weeks per month, according to Autry’s plan.
A California doctor is advancing the idea of a floating abortion clinic in the Gulf of Mexico to circumvent abortion bans in states around the Gulf, The Washington Examiner reported.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 11, 2022
The Associated Press had these details to offer:
A California doctor is proposing a floating abortion clinic in the Gulf of Mexico as a way to maintain access for people in southern states where abortion bans have been enacted.
The idea is to provide a clinic aboard a ship in federal waters, and out of reach of state laws, that would offer first trimester surgical abortions, contraception and other care, said Dr. Meg Autry, an obstetrician and gynecologist and a professor at the University of California San Francisco.
“There’s been an assault on reproductive rights in our country and I’m a lifelong advocate for reproductive health and choice. We have to create options and be thoughtful and creative to help people in restrictive states get the health care they deserve,” she told The Associated Press.
Autry said the idea is only in the fundraising stage through the non-profit, “PRROWESS” — short for “Protecting Reproductive Rights Of Women Endangered by State Statutes.”
The proposal comes as abortion access in the southern United States has been swiftly curtailed after the U.S. Supreme Court turned the issue of abortion back to the states.