'Abortion drone' will fly illegal pills to Poland
This Saturday, a small drone carrying the abortion-inducing medications mifepristone and misoprostol will fly over the German border into a small Polish town to deliver the pills to medical practitioners.
In Poland, abortion is heavily regulated and mostly illegal. Non-profit Women on Waves, partnered with several other women's rights groups to deliver the pills to health clinics in order to provide abortions for women in need.
There is a loophole in Polish law that makes taking such pills illegal, but not flying them into the country. Because the drone is under five pounds, not for commercial use and will be visible to the pilot during the whole flight, it passes all regulations.
This is not the first time drones have been used for aid around the world. In Syria, the Syrian Airlift project flew in medical supplies, and in Malta, they are used to spot human trafficking of migrants.
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