by Steven Ertelt
March 13, 2008
Barcelona, Spain (LifeNews.com) — The abortion practitioner behind a chain of abortion centers in Spain that were closed down by government officials for allegedly doing illegal late-term abortions apparently did abortions on girls as young as 13-years-old. Carlos Morin also allegedly did abortions on women as late as 29 weeks into pregnancy.
Morin told a court these revelations during a hearing in his trial before Judge Elisabet Castelo, Europa Press reported.
Spain only allows abortions as late as 22 weeks of pregnancy unless there is a legitimate medical or mental health reason for the abortion.
Morin’s abortion centers were said to have completed medical papers for women ahead of time with 97 percent of the abortions done for supposed mental health reasons, even though Morin had never met the women getting the abortions.
Europa Press indicated Morin admitted to doing illegal late-term abortions in court yesterday and that there are now 4,000 pages of court documents in the case.
Raids by Spanish officials in the case came after a tip from a Denmark-based pro-life group, which learned from a reporter that the abortion centers were offering the illegal abortions. Morin offered an abortion to the 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.
The raids netted about a dozen suspects who were accused of doing illegal abortions or falsifying medical records making them appear to fall under Spanish law.
Police eventually arrested staff psychologists who falsified medical reports on the mental health status of the women getting the abortions.
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.