Dutch woman arrested for illegal abortion

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A 24-year-old woman from Boxtel was arrested in the Netherlands last month for reportedly having an illegal abortion in Spain.

6 December 2007

HILVERSUM/DEN BOSCH – A 24-year-old woman from Boxtel was arrested in the Netherlands last month for reportedly having an illegal abortion performed in Spain. The justice department has charged her with child murder.

A spokesperson for the public prosecution department in Den Bosch confirmed this on Thursday after a report on the Radio 1 programme De Ochtenden. The woman was arrested on 14 November has been in pre-trial detention since.

The prosecution claims that the woman was more than 24 weeks pregnant when she underwent an abortion in Barcelona.

Dutch law does not allow abortion after 24 weeks, Spanish law sets a limit of 22 weeks. The prosecution spokesperson could not comment further on the reason for the arrest or other details of the case since the investigation is ongoing.

It is not clear whether there is a connection between the Dutch woman's arrest and the recent arrests of a director and four employees of four abortion clinics in Barcelona. Spanish authorities started an investigation into the Ginemedex clinics in Barcelona last year because extremely late term and hence illegal abortions were reportedly being carried out.

One of the controversial clinics was featured in a report by Danish television station DR1 last year. Employees reported at the time that there were also Dutch nationals working at the clinic. Dutch patients had also been treated.

Experts say that this is the first time that a woman has been arrested in the Netherlands on charges of having an illegally performed abortion abroad.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news