Civil organizations call for revision of Spain’s abortion laws to prevent abuse

.- Diverse civil organizations dedicated to promoting the defense of life and the family are praising the actions of officials in Barcelona who detained the owner of a clinic that performed abortions up to the eighth month of pregnancy. The pro-life organizations are calling for the laws on abortion to be reviewed in order to guarantee that excesses are not committed again.

The Spanish Forum on the Family praised the detention of Carlos Morin Gamarra, owner of the abortion clinic Ginemedex, and demanded the law be followed.  The Forum’s president, Benigno Blanco, noted that a “scandalous situation” has developed in Spain regarding abortion, as there is “more than sufficient proof” that in many clinics the law is not being followed.  He said the scandal has been compounded by news of how human remains after an abortion are being handled in such places as the Clinica Isadora in Madrid.

“Health care officials in Barcelona, who have the duty to inspect and regulate these centers, should put an end to the impunity and adopt precise measures so that the clinics that are licensed to practice abortion are not islands indifferent to current law,” Blanco said.

Other civil rights groups such as the website HazteOir.org have called for the law on abortion to be overturned or at least that guarantees that it is followed be implemented.  They denounced government officials for neglecting to properly inspect health care facilities and to ensure that they are following the law.  

Victims of abortion
The Association of Victims of Abortion (AVA) also praised the actions by health care officials and noted that according to “statistics from the Ministry of Health, 97% of abortions carried out in Spain are done for reasons of physical or psychological health of the mother.”

AVA said doctors are not following the legal requirement that a woman’s physical or psychological health be examined before she can receive an abortion in any center.

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