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It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s The Abortion Drone!

'Abortion drone' to deliver pills to terminate pregnancies to women in Poland, where abortion is severely restricted

Jun 24, 2015 at 1:33 PM ET

Activists will fly an “abortion drone” from Germany to Poland this Saturday, where the procedure is severely restricted. “Drones can perform abortions now?” you might be thinking, but no, we are not living that far into the future. The drone is slated to carry the abortion-inducing pills mifepristone and misoprostol to women who might otherwise not be able to obtain them.

The mission is being undertaken by several reproductive rights organizations, including the Netherland-based Women on Waves, which usually provides services aboard a ship outside the waters of countries where abortion is illegal. Now, they’re adding drones to their arsenal.

The drone, which will fly over a river between two border towns, will only deliver enough pills for two or three women. On its face, this seems an awful lot of trouble for such a small shipment—why not just smuggle the pills in the mail or deliver them in person? But those approaches wouldn’t court international media attention, while an abortion drone is a surefire way to bring awareness to the cause. (See, it worked!)

The cause in this case is reproductive rights in Poland, where terminating a pregnancy is forbidden, except in the case of rape, life-threatening complications or severe fetal abnormalities. The delivery of the abortion pills is legal, but actually using them is prohibited. Of course, that illegal act would require that the drone make it to Poland in the first place: Women on Waves says it has already received threats that it will be shot down.

Read More:

Abortion At Sea (The Daily Beast)
‘Abortion Drone’ To Fly Pills Across Border Into Poland (The Guardian)