Two Argentinean doctors on trial for role in removing babies from mothers

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5938
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Two doctors and a midwife are on trial in Buenos Aires for their alleged part in the removal of babies from left wing political prisoners during Argentina’s “dirty war” so that they could be brought up by sympathisers of the regime.

The trial is the first attempt to hold medical staff who worked in detention centres under the 1976-1983 military regime to account for their role in what was a deliberate policy to “reorganise” society, ending the family lines of dissidents. An estimated 500 pregnant women were among thousands of people detained for being guerrilla fighters or political opponents of the military government. They were held until they gave birth and then executed or “disappeared,” meaning that they are presumed dead but …

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