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Spanish abortion clinics close amid safety fears for women and doctors

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39461.484560.4E (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:114
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. 1Vienna

    Only emergency abortions were performed in Spain last week after clinic staff went on strike, demanding greater legal protection for women and doctors.

    More than 2000 women were affected when private clinics, which carry out 98% of all abortions in Spain, closed their doors, according to a report in El Pais (8 January; www.elpais.com/articulo/sociedad/Paro/historico/centros/aborto/elpepisoc/20080108elpepisoc_3/Tes).

    In Andalusia, where state clinics do not carry out abortions, only emergency abortions were available at private clinics between 8 and 12 January.

    “We will take care of women sent to us by public …

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