"Health of the mother" abortion exceptions, Spanish-style

A News.telegraph.com article reports on a Spanish abortion mill offering financial kickbacks to late-term pregnant mothers to circumvent UK abortion laws and come to Spain to terminate. The mill is also offering financial incentives to pregnancy help lines for referrals. States the article:

The law in Spain states that pregnancies over 22 weeks can only be terminated if the mother's mental or physical health is at "serious risk". Dr. Leonardo Llorente, who is one of the abortionists working at Mediterrània Mèdica, told an undercover reporter that despite the stipulations of Spanish abortion law his clinic would never refuse a six-month pregnant woman a termination since "probably all women wanting to get an abortion at this stage will be psychologically affected."

He added: "Always it can be proved that the patient at this moment had serious mental problems even though later on the patients can be completely normal." Asked whether this meant that the woman could be given an abortion "whatever the situation," he answered: "Definitely."...

When asked if the foetuses had to be abnormal for the clinic to terminate them, he said "not necessarily" before going on to explain how they interpreted the law on "serious risk to a mother's mental health." Anyone who was motivated to ask for a late abortion in the first place must be distressed enough to qualify, he said.

Sound familiar? This is pretty much the definition of "health" the US Supreme Court determined to condone late-term abortions, i.e., abortion throughout all 40 weeks of pregnancy on demand.


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