by Steven Ertelt
December 18, 2007
Madrid, Spain (LifeNews.com) — Another abortion center in Spain has been shut down over illegal late-term abortions, this time in the nation’s capital city. The closing of the Madrid abortion center Mayrit follows the closing of four abortion facilities in Barcelona and the arrest of 13 people from them for doing illegal late-term abortions.
In the Madrid case, a psychologist fabricated the paperwork involving late-term abortions to make them appear to conform with Spanish law.
The unnamed abortion facility staffer completed the paperwork on the abortions before visiting with the women having them.
Most abortions are legal in Spain, but they are only allowed in the latter stages of pregnancy for supposedly legitimate medical or mental health reasons.
The Spanish newspaper El Mundo initially reported the closing and quoted a Spanish health care official who said, “various patient histories were bound together by a rubber band, labeled ‘destroyed’ and signed by patients and by employees who work at the center.”
Authorities found patient intake forms that were partially completed.
El Mundo indicated that patient forms at the abortion center had a box labeled “serious danger to life or physical health of the patient” checked and the woman’s name and other identifying information left blank.
The scientific policy group Hay Alternativas told the newspaper it was delighted that officials closed down the abortion business but said authorities waited too long to do so.
“Both in Madrid and in the rest of Spain, a fraud of the law is being carried out in practically all of the abortion clinics, and government officials have always looked the other way," the group said.
"Fortunately, the events that have taken place recently in Barcelona seem to have somewhat awakened those politically responsible from their lethargy, and we hope that this is only the beginning," it added.
Last month, Spanish authorities started the raids in Barcelona after a pro-life group called E-Cristians filed a complaint following a television report by a Denmark station featuring an undercover investigation showing Carlos Morin, who runs the four abortion businesses, offering an abortion to a reporter who was seven-months pregnant at the time.
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 also said he would inject a poison that would kill the baby and the woman would give birth to a stillborn child.
He was among those arrested.
LifeNews.com reported on more arrests on Monday that included staff psychologists who also falsified medical reports on the mental health status of the women getting the abortions.
According to Spanish media, three of the original six arrested are still in prison on remand, including Morin and his wife Maria Luisa. Three abortion practitioners have been granted bail at a rate of 2,000 to 4,000 Euros (about $2900-$5800 US).
The facilities drew women from across Europe and came under fire in Malta for offering free abortions there even though the nation prohibits abortion. They also received referrals from British and Dutch doctors who wouldn’t do such late-term abortions in their nations.
Approximately eighty percent of the abortions done at the Spanish abortion business are performed on British women, the British press reported. Other women come from France and Portugal.
Local authorities also found that the abortion centers in question were flushing the bodies of the dead babies down the drain.
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.