LISBON, October 22, 2001 ( – Pro-abortion groups in Portugal are rallying behind an illegal abortion ring, which is currently on trial before the courts. The ring is allegedly headed up by nurse Maria do Ceu Ribeiro who is charged with organizing chemists, doctors, nurses and taxi-drivers from her house. Of the 43 people charged, 17 are mothers who availed themselves of the illegal operation.

The London Independent reports that Socialist MP Helena Roseta, used the occasion to attempt to legalize abortion on demand. She condemned the trial as “completely immoral.” Abortion is legal in Portugal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and in cases of rape, incest, impairment of the unborn child, or risk to the physical or mental health of the mother.

For more see the Independent’s coverage: