Villa Consuelo abortion facility shut down
The government security forces linked six fetuses found in a plastic bag on San Isidro Highway on Monday, 18 July 2016, to clandestine abortions carried out at the Centro Medico Nacional located at the intersection of Teniente Amado Garcia and Abreu streets in Villa Consuelo. Eight persons were arrested at what neighbors told Listin Diario reporters was a “slaughterhouse.”
During the raid on the center conducted on Sunday, 24 July 2016, two patients, aged 17and 29 were arrested. Likewise, physicians Rafael Delgado Quezada (age 57) and Agustin Hung Guillen (67), and his wife, Aravelis Josefina Mendez (age 37) were detained. Guillen and Mendez are believed to be the owners of the facility.
Four staff members of the facility were also arrested: 21-year old secretary Zuleica Mendez, 57-year old nurse Zoila Polanco Canelo, 39-year old cook 39-year old Omeris Arroyo Rosa and 59-year old Cecilio Perez Liriano, who served as the driver at the center.
Police intelligence showed that the fetuses of four to 12 weeks found on the previous Friday had been transported in a Nissan pickup that was registered in the name of Hung Guillen.
Neighbors now say that the clinic had been operating for years “killing children and nobody did anything.” As reported in Listin Diario, the neighbors observed that most of those who visited the clinic were minors.
The arrests come as the abortion debate heats up in the country, following the passage in the Chamber of Deputies of amendments to the Penal Code that establishes harsher measures for medical procedures that terminate pregnancies even if the mother’s fetus is malformed or that the pregnancy is a result of incest. Advocates of abortion as a woman’s right, say the criminalizing of abortion results in many, who cannot afford to travel abroad, resorting to clandestine abortion clinics that operate at high risk to the patients. There are an estimated 75,000 clandestine abortions performed a year in the country, making the later a public health matter.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
July 25, 2016
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