On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) introduced the Ban Offshore Abortion Tourism (BOAT) Act to prohibit abortions in maritime jurisdiction. The BOAT Act would hold accountable providers who knowingly endanger the life of an unborn child with fines and jail time. Additionally, women who sought their services could seek relief from the company in the appropriate federal district court.
“Abortion boats should never float in federal waters. These offshore “clinics” exploit a legal loophole by performing abortions in maritime jurisdiction to evade state laws and endanger both women and the unborn,” said Rep. Weber. “This practice is morally and ethically reprehensible. As the Left pushes radical and unsafe workarounds, I will continue to fight for women’s safety and protect the sanctity of life. It’s our responsibility to stand against such practices and provide proper legal protection for both the vulnerable women and the unborn.”