Moving Documentary “Vessel” Carries Reproductive Rights Across The Ocean

Upcoming documentary “Vessel” follows the experiences of Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch physician who founded Women on Waves, which brings contraception and safe abortion services to women in countries with few reproductive rights. Gomperts felt the need to take action for women whose control of their own bodies are prohibited by their nation’s government, often at the expense of their own health. She’d heard of one too many illegal abortion leading to a woman’s death, so she set sail with a mobile health clinic to help as many as she could. Since Gomberts’ organization travels by boat, she is governed by the laws that oversee international waters instead, making abortion and other reproductive health procedures legal on board. The documentary is available on video January 13th, and it looks nothing short of powerful.