Arrests over illegal abortion claims

27th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2007, BARCELONA - The head of a chain of abortion clinics was arrested in Barcelona Monday on charges of performing hundreds of illegal abortions. Carlos Morín, director of Ginemedex-TCB, was detained along with another four workers who held managing positions in four associated clinics in the neighborhood of Tres Torres.

27 November 2007

BARCELONA - The head of a chain of abortion clinics was arrested in Barcelona Monday on charges of performing hundreds of illegal abortions. Carlos Morín, director of Ginemedex-TCB, was detained along with another four workers who held managing positions in four associated clinics in the neighborhood of Tres Torres.

The arrests came after a Christian organisation, e-Cristians, filed a suit a little over a year ago against Morín, a Peruvian doctor. The judge overseeing the case ordered a police search at four clinics run by Ginemedex-TCB, where material was found to support evidence of "repeated abortions that are radically outside the cases prescribed by the law," according to the Catalan High Court of Justice.

According to Spanish law, a woman may end her pregnancy only in three cases: if her physical or mental health are at risk (at any stage during pregnancy), if the foetus suffers severe malformation (up to 22 weeks of gestation), or if she was raped (up to 12 weeks).

The clinics run by Morín allegedly faked doctors' reports to make the abortions seem legal, and charged clients between EUR 3,000 and EUR 6,000 for the operation. Some of the clinics had already been investigated in the past following a news report by a Danish television station.

Abortion was partially legalised in Spain in 1985. Since then, there has been a steady rise in the number of abortions performed here, with the figure currently hovering around 90,000 a year, almost all of which take place in private clinics.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

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