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Guatemalan navy blocks Dutch 'abortion ship'

2:46am EST - 01:24

Guatemala's military detained a Dutch boat that provides abortions as it entered the waters outside the Central American country. Abortion is illegal in Guatemala, unless the woman's life is at risk. Eve Johnson reports.

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A floating abortion service - blocked in Guatemala on Thursday (February 23). The Dutch non-profit Women on Waves provides free help for women looking to end unwanted pregnancies It brings women up to 10 weeks pregnant onto one of its boats - taking them out to international waters where they are given an abortion pill. Activists say it's a much-needed service. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) QUETZALI CEREZO, ABORTION RIGHTS ACTIVIST, SAYING: "In Guatemala abortion is only allowed for medical reasons, and in those cases only when the life of the woman is at risk. So they thought this would be a good opportunity to come to Latin America for the first time to promote the decriminalisation and legalisation of abortion as a human right." The organization's boat is now in military custody with some of its seven crew members still onboard It's the first trip made by Women on Waves since Morocco blocked one of its boats in 2012. Some angry citizens turning out to protest its mission. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MARLENI ARIAS, GUATEMALAN ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVIST, SAYING: "It's a sin. Why don't you go to Holland and kill children over there? Why come to Guatemala? Look at all the bad luck we have in Guatemala and this just brings more." Women on Waves says it had all the permits it needed to be in Guatemala legally. But authorities say they were misled and that the boat's crew had claimed to be tourists.

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Guatemalan navy blocks Dutch 'abortion ship'

2:46am EST - 01:24