Friends, let me tell you about Rebecca Gomperts.
Rebecca Gomperts is a sea captain, a certified physician, and the founder of Women on Waves, a Dutch pro-choice non-profit organization that brings reproductive health services to
women individuals in countries with restrictive abortion laws.
This is how it works:
In response, Rebecca Gomperts and her team have been:
And yet they continue to answer the calls and e-mails of
women people who want their help, providing reproductive counseling and teaching them how to circumvent the dangerous laws of their country when necessary.
Director Diana Whitten is telling their story in her documentary, VESSEL. It’s a beautiful doc, a necessary doc, and the film is premiering this week at SXSW. Please show your support for these
women filmmakers, activists, and doctors on social media. It’s so incredibly important.
If you’re in need of reproductive counseling or an abortion service, you can find Women on Wave’s international support and informational collective on Women on Web.
These people are heroes. Rebecca Gomperts is a hero. What they do has and will save countless lives. It’s so incredibly important that their story is told and the struggles of women living in countries governed by restrictive abortion laws (including the United States) are brought to light.
Note: Edited for cis-sexism. I do not personally know whether or not Women on Waves is a trans/non-binaryphobic or a gender inclusive group, but in any case, I should not have made the assumptions I originally had. My apologies.