Abortion boat wins case

Portugal has been found guilty by the European Court of Human rights of violating the freedom of expression of abortion boat operators Women on Waves.

The ruling, made on Tuesday, was in relation to the reaction of the then Portuguese government in 2004, when the Women on Waves ship came within 12 miles of Portuguese waters.

The ministry of defence dispatched two navy ships to monitor the boat while it remained in the area and this was seen to be an act of aggression by Women on Waves.

The organisation had travelled to Portugal because at the time it was the only country in the EU that it claims “actively prosecuted women and doctors for illegal abortions”.

The case was still relevant despite abortion now being legalised in Portugal.

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