No Safe Harbor

After nearly two weeks of fruitless efforts to dock in Portugal, a Dutch "abortion ship" gave up and headed home — accompanied by the two Portuguese navy gunboats that had been its escort since the conservative government barred it on Aug. 27. But Rebecca Gomperts, head of Women on Waves, the group that runs the boat and had planned to distribute the RU-486 abortion pill on board, said it accomplished its main objective of "bringing the abortion issue to the fore."

The Borndiep's offshore stay certainly made headlines — helped by Gomperts' appearance on Portuguese TV to explain...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!