Family Planning Clinic London

Tape aborted in Amsterdam at 21, now has 56. / Consuelo Bautista

In that flight were many, almost all who went to the same. Some chattered to scare uncertainty. Others huddled in the seat, restless. It was the first time he left his house. And on that occasion also did plane and leave the country. Tape was calmer. He spoke English, was a girl more traveled, and had contact with women's groups that helped organize trips, and had been explained and verse that journey in the footsteps of so little tourism. The journey that none of them wanted to do. It was 1980 and that plane took them to Amsterdam. A abort. In Spain, the abortion was a crime punishable by six years in prison, and those who needed intervention had only two options: risk a clandestine and unsafe abortion or, if they could afford it, go for Holland or London clinics.

As this group until 1985 was decriminalized in certain circumstances, some 30, 000 Spanish traveling abroad each year to terminate their pregnancies. More than 20, 000 of them in London clinics, according to the British Government. Tape, now 56 and a teacher, explains that he chose Holland because their schools did not need to stay overnight after surgery. "I ausentabas less time at home. And that was important, because most families do not know anything, "he explains. Nor yours. Never saw count option. Not go ahead with the pregnancy. "I was just over 20 years. I was not ready to have a child. Because of the relationship I had, because I was studying ... "he says. Now he fears that the reform of the abortion law that the Government prepares the recoil is such that a new generation of Spanish is in your situation. Or worse.

Tape was in college, and did occasional odd jobs to earn some money. Still, there was never to join the more than 30, 000 pesetas intervention costing. More trip. Remember that eventually borrow what was missing from her friends. Somehow or gathering over the money and, above all, information. When it happened that a couple of years ago that had legalized contraception, and that made everything a little easier. Until 1978 it was forbidden to even report them, which encouraged feminist organizations tejiesen a discrete system where they were instructed on family planning to women who came for help. There, evokes Justa Montero, historical feminist movement and co-founder of the Commission for the Right to Abortion, gave them also the direction of reliable centers in London and Amsterdam, and the somewhat collaborating travel agency.

In Amsterdam, an intervention cost 30, 000 pesetas. Tape them together

That circuit was professionalized with the opening of the first family planning centers where the sly and very high risk, they started organizing trips. They used to last four days, from Thursday to Sunday. And they were so many that clinics receiving Spanish eventually hire staff who spoke their language. The network worked like clockwork: women came to the center, informing them and sent them to the travel agency accomplice. They gave a code name, a password, to get the tickets. Then they would travel meeting and London ... "There were women of all types, single, married husbands had left in Spain, concerned because they could not afford the trip for both, " says Luisa Torres, with more than 40 years standing as a social worker, first in planning centers in the clinic and then Dator, the pioneer (legal). Remember to sharpen the gypsy woman who could not read or write and for whom a support person appointed. Or the blind I had to travel with your dog. "They were all scared, knew they were leaving the country to do something that was forbidden in Spain, " he says. Grieve more when, in 1980, a judge indicted a woman who miscarried in London claiming he had extraterritorial crime. A settled the constitutional controversy in 1984, a year before decriminalize the practice.

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