Vessel begins with a young doctor and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts - horrified by the realities created by global anti-abortion laws – sought to expose this issue by legally offering abortions on a ship, in offshore waters.
The idea begins as flawed spectacle, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockade. But with each roadblock comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca realizes she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to safely give themselves abortions using WHO- sanctioned protocols with pills. From there we witness her create an underground network of emboldened, informed activists who trust women to handle abortion themselves.
Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.