Dr. Meg Autry, a heroic abortion provider, came up with this idea to get around the restrictive US abortion policy that was enacted after Roe V Wade was overturned.
Federal law will apply to the floating center, which would allow it to circumvent state restrictions on abortion.
Part of the inspiration for this idea came from Meg’s childhood when she saw riverboat casinos in Mississippi as a child.
Why can’t a floating safe haven clinic, if casinos could skirt state law?
“And so, I was constantly thinking about, What innovative and creative ways could we provide access?'” Insider spoke with Meg.
Despite restrictions in her area, Mississippi was not an option. Meg and her team decided to open a shop in the Gulf of Mexico to serve the southern states most affected by Roe V Wade’s overturning.
Meg stated that the move was “potentially the fastest, most convenient option for some of these patients.”
Security is still a concern for those aboard, who are responsible for providing and receiving essential healthcare.
Autry stated that they are aware of the dangers for providers and patients, but that the team is determined to help women who have few options.
They have received ‘heartwarming support’ as they continue with their plan and search for a vessel suitable to carry out their operations.
This news comes after Roe V Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court last month.
The court ruled in favor of the state on 24 June in Dobbs V Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In this case, Mississippi had argued for a new law to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Roe v Wade was overturned. This precedent ruling granted millions of women legal rights to abortion in the United States.
North American states can now ban abortion. Some will implement new restrictions while others will reactivate old laws that will make access to fundamental healthcare illegal. This is even for cases in which the conception was caused by rape or incest.
This means that Dr Autry’s safe havens will provide not only the opportunity to choose for large numbers of women but also potentially life-saving care.