In the United States, politicians who try to curb access to abortion and contraception are accused of holding a "War on Women." In Morocco, the phrase has a more literal meaning--the country is trying to block abortions with a war vessel. A Dutch activist group called Women on Waves says that it has been blocked from entering the Moroccan port of Smir, BBC News reported.
Women on Waves activists travel on a massive ship to countries where abortion is illegal. The group anchors itself near the country in question and provides access to medical abortions on the ships, the BBC said.
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The group's latest destination planned was Morocco. But as Women on Waves approached, they found that the harbor was blocked by the Moroccan Navy, Agence France-Presse reported.
"We can see a big warship in front of the harbor,” Gunilla Kleiverga, a gynecologist, told the AFP.
Morocco's Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it had not authorized the visit, CNN reported. The main entrance to the harbor has also been clocked by police. A Moroccan lawyer representing the group is currently trying to negotiate with officers.