Police made a horrific discovery at two illegal abortion clinics in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta this week. After shutting down the abortion clinics Wednesday, Jakarta Police reported discovering the bones of aborted babies thrown into holes inside the clinics.
Police told the Jakarta Post they found 10 to 15 individual aborted babies’ bones in each hole. They estimated the aborted babies were at least three months gestation, according to the report.
In addition, police said they found unsanitary medical tools, expired medication and reports of women being injured. The authorities said they also discovered a series of text messages between the abortionists and a person believed to be a woman who was six months pregnant, haggling about the cost of the abortion.
Several suspects in custody have been charged with violating the country’s abortion laws, according the report. Police said one of the abortionists was a fake doctor who had a junior high school education. Abortion is illegal in the southern Asian nation, except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.
Jakarta Police Environment Division Chief Sr. Adj. Cmr. Adi Vivid said middle men also were working with the abortion clinics to bring in more patients. According to the report:
The middle-men receive around Rp 500,000 ($50) for each patient.
Before accepting potential patients, clinics screen them by inviting them to a meeting first. At the meeting, clinic officials determines whether the patient is genuine and needs their service or not, Adi said.
Police also found a number of complaints from the patients to the clinic through text messages, including one patient complaining about bleeding after the abortion.
“The patients are afraid to report their complaints to police because they know that their acts are in violation of the law,” Adi added.
Adi said police also are investigating four other abortion clinics in the city that may be doing illegal abortions.
The case is disturbingly similar to the gruesome Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic in Philadelphia, where authorities discovered aborted babies stored in the freezer and in jars on shelves, illegal late-term abortions and untrained and unlicensed staff.