A Bay Area doctor is seeking to circumvent southern states’ abortion restrictions through a “floating health clinic” in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dr. Meg Autry is the OB/GYN behind PRROWESS, a ship seeking to provide access to abortion and reproductive health care in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court last month, KCBS Radio reported.
PRROWESS, or “Protection of Reproductive Rights of Endangered Women by State Statutes,” will not be subject to state restrictions on abortion like those in states bordering the Gulf, according to the radio station.
“It’s phenomenally difficult to get to access status, even if you pay for it,” Autry told KCBS Radio.
“Not only is it an innovative and different idea for surgical terminations, but it is also closer, more accessible and faster than other options.”
Autry, in an interview with NBC Bay Area, added that poor people, people of color and marginalized communities will “suffer” without access to abortion.
PRROWESS is seeking donations and needs at least $20 million to obtain a vessel, “upgrade” it and cover the costs of operations, Autry told KCBS Radio.
Licensed health care providers will offer surgical abortions up to 14 weeks, contraception, and STI vaccinations, treatment and testing on the ship, according to its website.
PRROWESS will also help people get to the ship after going through a pre-screening process, NBC Bay Area reported.
Autry’s team is expecting “legal challenges” from states near the waters, according to the news outlet, and the group has sought help from lawyers in launching the clinic.