UK Doctor Suspended for Illegal Abortions Paid £600,000 by Government

Fri May 15, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST

By Hilary White

BIRMINGHAM, UK, May 15, 2009 ( - A request under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that the national health service of Britain paid £600,000 to a doctor who was under suspension for having arranged illegal late-term abortions, one of the highest amounts ever paid to a suspended doctor, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Dr. Saroj Adlakha, a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), is accused of arranging illegal late-term abortions for British women, including for her own then-18 year-old daughter.

Although Adlakha was criminally charged in 2005, those charges were later dropped in 2007. However, Adlakha was suspended from the medical register by the General Medical Council, a suspension that that has stood in place for 4 ½ years and will remain in effect until this fall, at which point further hearings into her case will happen, according to the Mail.

According to South Birmingham Primary Care Trust (PCT) the £600,000 paid Adlakha, included the cost of having two "locum" doctors care for Adlakha’s patients.

In 2004, Adlakha was filmed by an undercover reporter from the Sunday Telegraph admitting that she had arranged for her daughter, Shilpa Abrol, to travel to Barcelona in order to have her healthy 31 1/2 week old unborn child killed. The legal gestational age limit for abortion in Spain remains 22 weeks.

The video showed her agreeing to help arrange a similar abortion for undercover reporters, by offering medical help and lying to a British hospital in order to obtain a scan for the Ginemedex abortion facility in Spain.

Also in 2004, the Daily Telegraph revealed that British abortion agencies, funded by the public health system, were routinely sending British women whose pregnancies had advanced past the 24-week legal limit abroad to the Ginemedex facility.

Ann Furedi, head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the organisation responsible for nearly 50,000 abortions annually in Britain, responded to the Telegraph’s request for comment saying, "So, what’s your point exactly?"

"What you are saying is not untrue," she said, "in that we have visited that clinic as we have visited many other clinics in the US, Germany and beyond. There are doctors who work at BPAS who work at clinics in Spain and the Netherlands, I don’t really see what the issue is."

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