Spain’s ‘Abortion King’ Carlos Morín goes to trial again for illegally killing dozens of late-term unborn children
March 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Carlos Morín, a Spanish abortionist and businessman accused of performing large numbers of late-term abortions in violation of Spanish law, is again on trial after his 2012 acquittal was overturned by Spain’s Supreme Court.
Morín, a gynecologist whose chain of prosperous abortion facilities earned him the name of Spain’s “abortion mogul,” and “abortion king,” is charged with giving late-term abortions to 89 women using falsified diagnoses to comply with the country’s abortion law, which requires a medical diagnosis stating that the pregnancy is dangerous to the woman’s health. Ten associates who worked in or with Morín’s clinics are also charged with crimes.
If convicted, Morín could receive a total of 273 years in prison. He was previously convicted and served time for violations of the country’s abortion law in 1989.
Morín was prosecuted the first time in 2012, after years of complaints filed with authorities by pro-life groups over his well-documented violations of Spanish law prohibiting late-term abortions without a medical justification.
The complaints were based principally on a Danish television documentary that used a hidden camera to show that Morín was doing late-term abortions on women from Denmark who were seeking to evade their own country’s laws prohibiting such abortions.
According to the documentary and other reports, Morín’s staff colluded with physicians to fabricate diagnoses that claimed the women’s “psychological health” was endangered by their pregnancy, in order to create the appearance of compliance with the law.
They also revealed the grim presence of industrial strength meat grinders used to destroy the bodies of the numerous late-term children killed in the clinics.
Children killed in late-term abortions die by being torn and cut apart with pincers and scalpels while still alive, or are killed by an injection of potassium chloride or other poison, after which a stillborn birth is induced.
During the investigation by Danish reporters, Morín was told that “some of the abortions that you do here are of fetuses that could survive outside of the womb.”
“I’m not a philosopher, I’m not here to wonder if a baby would breathe or not,” Morin answered, and added “take your morality and keep it. You can have your morality, and I can have mine. I don’t have anything to do with your morality.”
However, in 2012 the Court of Barcelona ruled that the law was not violated because the women had given their consent, retroactively applying Spain’s new abortion law that had been passed three years later. The court cited evidence from the clinics that none of the unborn children addressed in the criminal complaint were over the age of 22 weeks, and therefore didn’t fall under the restrictions of the current law. It also discarded the testimony and video recordings of Danish journalists who had originally broken the story about Morín’s crimes.
The Catalonian pro-life group E-Cristians, which had joined in filing the original criminal complaint against Morín, decried the ruling as a “scandal” and an “ideological sentence” that “leaves the unborn without a defense.”
The Spanish Supreme Court in 2013 agreed, nullifying the sentence in a unanimous vote on the grounds that the Court of Barcelona had ignored the evidence presented by the Danish reporters, calling their decision to do so, “arbitrary” and “baseless.” In 2014 the Supreme Court ordered that Morín and his accomplices be retried by the Court of Barcelona.
Morín defends his practice, which has been defunct since the 2007 accusations surfaced, by claiming that the provincial health authorities were duly notified of his activities and that his clinics passed periodic inspections by the same authorities. He has elected not to attend his retrial.