Judge questions women in abortion clinic probe

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A judge has summoned 27 women in an investigation into allegedly illegal practices at an abortion clinic in Madrid.

14 January 2008

MADRID - A judge has summoned 27 women who underwent terminations of their pregnancies to give testimony as witnesses in an investigation into allegedly illegal practices at an abortion clinic in Madrid, court officials disclosed Friday.

The women have been summoned as part of a probe launched in 2006 based on complaints from the anti-abortion group La Vida Importa. The group claimed that the Isadora clinic may have been carrying out the procedure after 22 weeks of gestation, the legal limit unless the mother's life is considered to be at risk. Tests on foetal remains disposed of by the clinic showed that none were older than 22 weeks, although the judge investigating the case, José Sierra Fernández, decided to continue the inquiry. On Friday, a 31-year-old who had underwent an abortion at the clinic gave testimony before the judge.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / Ángeles Espinosa 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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