Spain Officials Arrest Employees for Potentially Illegal Late-Term Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 27, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 27,

Barcelona, Spain ( — Officials in Spain arrested six abortion facility employees on Monday allegedly because they were involved in doing illegal late-term abortions. Spain has legalized most abortions, but physicians must sign off on those done supposedly because of health concerns to the mother.

Authorities would not say why the six employees at four Barcelona abortion centers were arrested.

The raids occurred after a pro-life group called E-Cristians filed a complaint in January after a television station in Denmark broadcast an undercover investigation showing Carlos Morin, who runs the four abortion businesses, offering an abortion to a seven-month pregnant reporter.

Morin gave the journalist a form she could use to falsely claim she had a mental disorder that allowed her to have the late-term abortion. He was among those arrested.

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.

At that time, 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.

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

In December 2005, 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 advice 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.

Spain legalized abortion in 1985 up to 22 weeks into pregnancy. Abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy can only be performed if the mother’s physical or mental health is at risk.