Charges have been filed against six people at a hospital in Turkish Cyprus for allegedly performing late-term abortions.
According to LifeNews.com, the six people, who include the “hospital’s owners, head physician, a doctor, an obstetrician, and a nurse,” performed abortions on babies who “had developed beyond five months old, including at least one full-term fetus,” and then secretly buried them.
Turkish Cypriot police officer Namik Kemal Baz said at a court hearing that when arrested, Dr. Fahri Karagozlu of the hospital admitted that one of the fetuses had even been alive and breathing, although Karagozlu later retracted this statement.
Karagozlu also alleged that “he did not know he was legally bound to inform the health office with regards to terminations over the 10 weeks”--the limit for abortions in the country.
A witness told the court that “she had seen one of the nurses come out of the operating room crying. When she asked her what was wrong, the nurse allegedly told her that the baby had been breathing and was a girl. The witness recounted that pregnant women would come to the hospital and leave ‘not looking pregnant’ any longer and without their babies,” according to reporter Funda Gumush.
Yet another witness reported that hospital personnel would leave the hospital with a black plastic bag after an abortion, presumably to dispose of the fetus.
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Publication date: July 19, 2016