Late-Term Abortion Facilities in Spain Prompt Call for EU Abortion Law

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 10, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 10
, 2006

Copenhagen Denmark ( — The nation of Denmark wants the European Union to consider continent-wide abortion regulations. The call for an EU abortion law comes after a Danish DR1 TV channel documentary showing how an abortion center in Spain does abortions as late as eight months into pregnancy.

The facility draws women from across Europe and came under fire in Malta for offering free abortions there even though the nation prohibits abortion.

In the undercover investigation, a Danish journalist in her eight month of pregnancy was offered an abortion on her healthy unborn baby for a fee of 4,000 euros from Spanish abortion practitioner Carlos Morin, who heads the Clinica M.C. in Barcelona.

Morin said he would inject a poison that would kill the baby and the woman would give birth to a stillborn child.

According to the television report, between 50 and 75 Portuguese and French women a week have late abortions at the facility.

The deputy director of the Catalan health ministry Lluis Torralba told the Portugal News that his regional health department is collecting information about the Clinica M.C. abortion business and is looking into the matter to see if it is violating Spain’s abortion laws.

Danish politicians are shocked by the television report.

Birthe Skaarup, a member of the Peoples Party who is the head of the Danish parliamentary committee on public health, called the late-term abortions a "scandal."

"We cant accept such late-stage abortions on fetuses that are otherwise completely healthy," she told AFP. "Its murder that is being committed."

She is urging the Danish government to put pressure on Spain to stop the late-term abortions and end the advertising of those abortions in other nations.

According to the Portugal News, a spokesman for Denmark’s ruling Liberal party, Joergen Winther, said the European Union should consider new abortion regulations that all member nations must follow.

Winther didn’t provide specifics on what his call entailed, but pro-life nations will be watching closely to make sure the EU doesn’t try to force all nations to legalize abortion. Malta, Poland, Ireland and Portugal prohibit abortions.

Last December, a British doctor was charged in a case of evading British law restricting late-term abortions by sending a woman to the late-term abortion center.

Saroj Adlakha, 59, was accused of arranging the abortion for Shilpa Abrol, who was 31 weeks pregnant at the time. Abrol, now 20, and Adlakha, were charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against a person outside the United Kingdom.
Adlakha admitted she coordinated an abortion for the woman on the advise of British Pregnancy Advisory Service officials.

She told undercover journalists for the London Telegraph newspaper 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.

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

Another late-term abortion facility in Valencia, Spain has also come under fire for offering financial incentives to British women and health clinics to come to Spain for what would be illegal late-term abortions in England.

The Mediterr?nia Medica abortion facility offers British women discounts on the late-term abortions and offers to pay their travel expenses to fly there. The abortion center also offers financial kickbacks to British pregnancy advice hotlines to refer women there for abortions.

Leonardo Llorente, one of the abortion practitioners at the Spanish center told an undercover reporter for the London Telegraph that, despite Spanish law, the center would never refuse to perform a late-term abortion on a woman after 26 weeks of pregnancy since "probably all women wanting to get an abortion at this stage will be psychologically affected."

"Always it can be proved that the patient at this moment had serious mental problems even though later on the patients can be completely normal," he told the Telegraph, justifying the late-term abortions.

Asked whether this meant that the woman could be given an abortion "whatever the situation", he answered: "Definitely."

In Spain, abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy can only be performed if the mother’s physical or mental health is at risk.

Denmark’s proposal follows on the heels of the parliament in Portugal approving a national referendum on abortions that would overturn that nation’s ban on abortions. The vote there is set for early next year.