Re: An euthanasia/abortion ship
Sun, 04 Apr 1999 04:26:57 GMT

On Fri, 2 Apr 1999 20:52:39 +0200, you wrote:

>The most important issue is the legal one of course; what flag (of
>convenience) to use? Perhaps some backward country which simply
>doesn't have euthanasia/abortion rules, if something like that
>exists, could be used.

Unfortunately, such a "backward" country would also be unable to prevent boarding by overzealous coast guard and naval gunships from mighty nations, pirates, ecoactivists, churches, terrorists and your stray smugglers.

>would other countries give you any serious trouble?

Let's see: Japan, Russia, the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, the Netherlands, Denmark, Cuba... Did I forget most Muslim nations?

>What would their legal possibilities be for harassment (assuming you stay
>in international waters all the time)?

Add to the above Greenpeace, the Medellin cartel, the Roman Catholic Church...

With the U.N. granting virtual letters of marque & reprisal to any member nation with their "crimes against humanity" rules, you'd also be prey to any international conglomerate. There's no such thing as "international waters" when it comes to pursuing individual courses of action held anathema by U.N. members: for them, it just means "open season for all."

>Thoughts, anyone?

Yes, and this isn't a joke. You might be safer finding just such a willing nation and building the center on land.

You might even be able to convince a nation such as China to sponsor you. Fairly dictatorial; but if they say it's fine with them, also fairly safe from foreign intervention.

Above all, consult with Scientologists: they're used to dealing with legal harrassment concerning their health care choices. There might be some states that might not prove as inimical to the concept on the USA.

Another clue: unincorporated US territories aren't fully under federal legislation. Sadly, the freest territory from US legislation is Puerto RIco, which also happens to be rather socially conservative and extremely centralized in local government affairs.

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