Spain Pro-Life Advocates Upset Barcelona Medical College Reinstates Carlos Morin

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 20, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Spain Pro-Life Advocates Upset Barcelona Medical College Reinstates Carlos Morin

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 20
, 2009

Barcelona, Spain (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in Spain are upset that Carlos Morin, who ran several abortion centers that did illegal abortions and violated various laws, has been reinstated. Barcelona Medical College reinstated Morin, who has been dubbed the "abortion mogul" by detractors.

The decision comes one year after Morin and staff at his abortion businesses were accused of doing illegal late-term abortions on babies at up to eight months into pregnancy.

Morin and his abortion centers were also accused of illegally disposing of the remains of the babies after grinding them up in industrial strength food processors.

He ultimately spent two months in prison and was released in early 2008 pending the outcome of his trial. The terms of his release do not allow him to practice medicine or go to his abortion centers.

"No order has been given against him to limit this exercise," a COMB representative told Forum Libertas. "Everything is pending until the judge dictates something…only the judge can make decisions."

Morin has not yet been convicted on the charges, but he was criticized heavily after admitting in court that he routinely did abortions on girls as young as 13-years-old. Morin allegedly did abortions on women as late as 29 weeks into pregnancy.

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.

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.

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