Investigation into foreign abortion case may continue
The public prosecution department may continue its investigation into the case of a 24-year-old woman from Boxtel who allegedly had an illegal abortion in Spain.31 January 2008
THE HAGUE – The public prosecution department may continue its investigation into the case of a 24-year-old woman from Boxtel who allegedly had an illegal abortion in Spain. A provisional judge in The Hague ruled this on Thursday.
The woman demanded in preliminary proceedings last week that the prosecution department suspend its investigation until it is clear whether the Spanish or Dutch court has jurisdiction.
The court said the offence of which the woman is suspected is a crime in both the Netherlands and Spain. Nor does the emotional state of the Boxtel woman at the time of abortion serve as justification. That is why the Dutch prosecution department may continue with its investigation. In a few months the department will announce whether the case will be pursued in court.
The 24-year-old woman reportedly had an abortion at a clinic in Barcelona on 7 November, when the justice department claims she was 26 weeks pregnant. The legal limit in the Netherlands is 24 weeks. The limit in Spain is 22 weeks, but an exception can be made if the physical or emotional health of the mother is in danger.
The police arrested the woman in November, one day after her boyfriend reported to police that the woman had terminated a pregnancy of seven months. She had told her boyfriend that the child was stillborn in hospital.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news