British Doctor Admits to Arranging Illegal Eighth-Month Abortions in Spain

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 22, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 22, 2004

London, England ( — A British doctor has admitted to arranging for the abortion of a woman who was more than 30 weeks pregnant at an abortion facility in Spain. News of other illegal abortions last month prompted the British government to investigate and pro-life groups to cry foul.

The London Telegraph newspaper exposed the doctor, Saroj Adlakha, a general practitioner.

Adlakha admitted she coordinated an abortion for an 18 year-old woman in Barcelona, Spain on the advise of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the taxpayer-funded group that is the largest abortion business in the U.K.

She told undercover journalists for the Telegraph that she would help arrange a similar abortion for a woman who is 29 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby. Adlakha also said she would provide a pre-abortion exam and provide followup care after the abortion.

In secretly taped video footage recorded by the London newspaper, Adlakha is shown lying to a hospital over the telephone, claiming to have a patient "in severe pain" in order to obtain information needed from the British government to send the woman to Spain.

The Telegraph also reports that very late term abortions, as much as 32 weeks, are being performed undercover.

John Reid, the British Health Secretary, ordered professor Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, to investigation the situation after reports surfaced last month.

Responding to the undercover investigation, Reid said, "I have asked The Sunday Telegraph to forward their evidence to my department as a matter of urgency. I will ask Sir Liam Donaldson to extend his investigation to cover the new revelations."

The investigation comes after another sting operation conducted by the Telegraph showing that BPAS, which receives $12 billion British pounds annually from the federal government, advised women to have illegal abortions at the Spanish abortion facility. Such abortions are prohibited after 24 weeks into the pregnancy.

Staff at the British office where Adlakha works confessed to the Telegraph that they manipulate paperwork to make the abortions appear legal.

Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS, said last month that the abortion business was not breaking the law.

According to the Birmingham Post newspaper, Furedi said BPAS was "simply providing women with international contacts to clinics."

Pro-life groups in the U.K. want BPAS to be completely investigated.

Paul Tully of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said the BPAS situation "demonstrates the attitude of abortion providers to the law — illegal late abortions are being done on purely social grounds."

Approximately eighty percent of the abortions done at the Spanish abortion business are performed on British women.

Tully said the BPAS actions puts women at risk.

"The question many will ask is: do BPAS and the Spanish abortionists care at all about the women involved," Tully asked. "Late term abortions are known to be a high risk for the mother. Yet, no one appears to be taking responsibility for aftercare for these women."