Doctor Proposes Floating Abortion Clinic in Gulf of Mexico

A San Francisco doctor proposed establishing a floating offshore abortion clinic where women may have the procedure. The boat is planned for federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico after raising sufficient funding and acquiring a vessel.

The idea is to circumvent state measures that are already in place or will be implemented after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month.

Dr. Meg Autry said she’s had the idea for years and the Supreme Court ruling kicked her idea into gear. She would perform abortions at little or no cost. She is associated with the University of California, San Francisco and believes the operation could be ready in about a year.

The floating clinic would be named “PRROWESS,” an acronym for “Protecting Reproductive Rights of Women Endangered by State Statutes.

Its website bills the project as a comprehensive reproductive facility performing surgical abortions up to 14 weeks, contraception, and other care for patients. It specifically targets women from Texas to Alabama.

The site notes that laws of nearby states would not be in force in federal waters. This region varies by area — it begins nine nautical miles off the coast of Texas and three nautical miles from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Autry will target women in southern states who live closer to the shore than to anywhere that abortion is less restricted. She said she’s performed abortions for decades and is a “career abortion advocate.”

About $20 million is needed to be raised, and organizers hope to have a boat donated for their cause. She explained that an experienced captain and crew will pilot the vessel so state restrictions will not apply.

She said her plans are legal but there will be “barriers and problems” getting the offshore abortion clinic up and running. Autry believes that she and others like her must be “innovative and creative” to continue in some areas.

Details of where the clinic would launch from and transporting women to and from the vessel have yet to be determined. One thing is certain. For every pregnancy terminated on this floating facility, there will be one less passenger on the trip back to shore.