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01 / 12 / 2007 - Spain police find late-term babies flushed down drain
Local authorities investigating four late-term abortion businesses in Barcelona say they discovered machines attached to the drains of the buildings used to flush down the bodies of babies victimized by abortion. The machines were apparently used to crush the bodies and flush them into the city's sewer system.
Police believe the abortion centers did illegal abortions as late as eight months into pregnancy and they have arrested abortion business operator Carlos Morin, his wife and four staff members.
According to a London Times news report, the machines the police found were so loud that they were only operated during very early morning hours so those coming to the centers during the day would not hear them.
Officials are testing the machines to see if they can isolate any DNA samples form the bodies of babies for their probe. They hope to match the DNA to patients found in client records at the centers.
Meanwhile, Ann Furedi, the head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion business in England that was telling British women about the late-term abortion centers and referring them there, defended the policy.
She told The Times that it would be “morally reprehensible” not to refer women to the late-term abortion centers if they wanted an abortion so late in pregnancy.
She claimed she did not refer women to the abortion facilities yet continued to give out the phone number to them, the newspaper indicated.
“If any of these clinics were to be found to be working [outside] their country's law, we would cease to inform women about their existence,” Furedi told the Times.
Spain has legalized most abortions, but physicians must sign off on those done supposedly because of health concerns to the mother.
In December 2005, a British doctor was charged in a case of evading British law restricting late-term abortions by sending a woman to the late-term abortion center.
Saroj Adlakha, 59, was accused of arranging the abortion for Shilpa Abrol, who was 31 weeks pregnant at the time. Abrol, now 20, and Adlakha, were charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against a person outside the United Kingdom.
Adlakha admitted she coordinated an abortion for the woman on the advice of British Pregnancy Advisory Service officials.
She told undercover journalists for the London Telegraph newspaper that she would help arrange a similar abortion for a woman who is 29 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby. Adlakha also said she would provide a pre-abortion exam and provide followup care after the abortion.
In secretly taped video footage recorded by the London newspaper, Adlakha is shown lying to a hospital over the telephone, claiming to have a patient "in severe pain" in order to obtain information needed from the British government to send the woman to Spain.
Approximately eighty percent of the abortions done at the Spanish abortion business are performed on British women, the British press reported.
The raids occurred after a pro-life group called E-Cristians filed a complaint in January after a television station in Denmark broadcast an undercover investigation showing Morin offering an abortion to a seven-month pregnant reporter.
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 was among those arrested.
Morin said he would inject a poison that would kill the baby and the woman would give birth to a stillborn child.
According to the television report, between 50 and 75 Portuguese and French women a week have late abortions at the facility.
At that time, the deputy director of the Catalan health ministry Lluis Torralba told the Portugal News that his regional health department is collecting information about the abortion businesses.
The facilities draw women from across Europe and came under fire in Malta for offering free abortions there even though the nation prohibits abortion.
Another late-term abortion facility in Valencia, Spain has also come under fire for offering financial incentives to British women and health clinics to come to Spain for what would be illegal late-term abortions in England.
Spain legalized abortion in 1985 up to 22 weeks into pregnancy. Abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy can only be performed if the mother's physical or mental health is at risk.