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Reproductive Health

Yes to Reproductive Health

Reproductive Health is every woman’s right. The choice to become a mother is a personal one but there are countries and laws that are not so easy on women. Bringing contraceptives, reproductive counselling and non-surgical abortions to women where restrictive laws prohibit them, is the goal of this organisation.

Women on Waves started in 1999 and is the brainchild of a Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts. Services to women are provided on a ship, on international waters where the local laws do not apply and this is legal. Sometimes women need professional help and WoW sets up sessions and training for women to support them.

There are sad stories around the world of rape victims, those who had unwanted pregnancies and the hardships they face. WoW is set up to deal with medical emergencies and women are required to make appointments. When the ship sails in their area, they are taken on board to 12 miles away when the local laws cease to apply and are given safe medicines to terminate the pregnancy or provide contraceptives. The reproductive health is maintained a priority by trained doctors and nurses. 

Not for profit and funded by donations from all over the world, reading about this venture made me happy. To do good and to make a difference, all we need is intent and rest all can fall into place. When we can do the needful on water, we can sure do it on land. 


I am blogging from A to Z during April  and the theme I have chosen is set on women. I am also a minion on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance along with Claire, Shalini and Rajlakshmi. Visit us, show us some love and don’t leave without sharing your thoughts. 

14 Responses

  1. rajlakshmi says:

    wow this is a beautiful and brilliant concept to save victims from unwanted pregnancies. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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  2. Pam Margolis says:

    Being a woman is difficult in so many parts of the world. Women should totally be in control of their reproductive system; especially if they are forced into something not of their own choosing.
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  3. Tina says:

    It’s sad to even think about these women and their suffering. thanks to people behind WoW that they provide help and service

  4. Bellybytes says:

    Yes! I was looking out for your Y post and wondered what had happened. Another great post Parul! It’s a shame that women do not have the power to take their own health in their hands
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  5. Soumya says:

    I have to say “WOW” to this WOW!
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  6. Shilpa Garg says:

    This reminded me of Savita Halappanavar, who died due to septic miscarriage and that was because MTP is not legal in Ireland. WoW is such a thoughtful initiative and so very much needed!! Kudos to the team!!

  7. Sulekha says:

    This was a great share, loved reading about this initiative. Braving odds to help others takes courage and determination, bless these people.

  8. It truly is a unique idea! It’s anyday better than women being forced to go to quacks or some nurse for an abortion in unhygienic conditions!

  9. shubhangi says:

    That’s a noble service…so many women suffer because of help not being available at the right time.

  10. Kala Ravi says:

    What an incredible thought! Like you say, where there is a will, there is a way. A great initiative for women to take charge of what they want or do not want.
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  11. Absolutely! I believe only a woman has the right to decide about her body. No one should be taking decisions for her, unless ofcourse, it’s a medically relevant decision. Women should be free to use contraceptives, and even get an abortion. It’s her life for crying out loud! They shouldn’t be made to feel selfish and stigmatised by society, rather their decisions should be respected.
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  12. kalpanaa says:

    Thank goodness for Women on Waves. What a blessing that there is such a thing. Thanks for sharing.

  13. That is a nice share Parul!

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