Thursday November 29, 2007

Late Term Abortionist Arrested by Spain’s Police

Action Against Spain’s “Tiller” Result of Citizen’s Campaign

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

BARCELONA, November 29, 2007 ( – In a case remarkably similar to that of Kansas late term abortionist “Tiller the Killer”, Spanish police in the state of Catalonia have arrested Spain’s notorious late-term abortionist Carlos Morin, after criminal complaints were filed against him by the Catholic organization E-Cristians in 2006.

The arrest was based on proof offered by E-Cristians that Carlos Morin was violating Spanish abortion law. Abortion is legal in Spain only in certain restricted cases, including rape, fetal deformity, or physical or psychiatric risk to the mother. Morin, another doctor, and several clinic personnel are accused of falsifying certifications of psychological risk, which must be provided by an independent physician.

Morin’s criminal activities were documented in 2006 by reporters from two foreign countries, Denmark and Britain, whose investigations showed that his clinic had made Barcelona a European “abortion tourism” site through his willingness to flout the law.

A Danish reporter who had been pregnant for 30 weeks entered the clinic with another reporter and a hidden camera asking about the services available there. Morin informed the two that it would be easy for them to get an abortion, and that they would only have to fill out some forms.

When confronted by the reporters later regarding the dubious moral and legal nature of his business, Morin shot back “you have your morals, I have mine.”

The reports were presented by E-Cristians to local police, who began a long investigation that ultimately included a wiretap of the facilities.

Investigators and witnesses say that four clinics, Ginemedex, TBC, Emece, and the Morin Foundation, were involved in the falsification of psychological reports and even used ecocardiograms of other patients to hide the advanced state of the pregnancy. In some cases, investigators say, abortions on children up to eight months of gestation were being performed.

Police have said that further arrests were possible, and have not ruled out prosecutions of the women who obtained abortions at the clinic.

Physicians who violate Spain’s abortion laws can be imprisoned for up to three years, and the women who patronize them can be imprisoned for up to one year.

In following the story, the Spanish press has begun to report the grisly reality inside Morin’s late-term clinic, where evidence has been found that personnel were grinding up fetuses and disposing them through the drainage system, a practice that is also common in abortion clinics in the United States.

The president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, calls Morin “the king of abortion”. He noted in an interview last year that thousands of Europeans had traveled to Barcelona for abortions in Morin’s clinic, and that “many” of the abortions were illegal.