A British abortion chain where several women died and hundreds of others were injured hopes to open abortion facilities in Ireland if the country legalizes abortion.
The Irish Sun reports Marie Stopes International leaders are watching closely as Irish residents prepare to vote on whether to retain their pro-life Eighth Amendment in May.
Marie Stopes is an international abortion chain based in England. It has an egregious reputation, having botched nearly 400 abortions in a two-month period in 2017, according to the British Care Quality Commission. In 2016, inspectors found such horrible conditions that the British government temporarily shut down some of the abortion chain’s operations.
Now, Marie Stopes leaders may be planning to open an abortion facility in Dublin, according to the Sun.
Here’s more from the report:
But a formal interest will only be expressed once the legislation paving the way for terminations passes through the Oireachtas.
A source told us: “This is on our radar but we wouldn’t look at providing services in Ireland until after we know the law is changing.
“There are no plans to provide services in the Republic yet, but we are watching the referendum closely.”
Marie Stopes, which closed its Belfast centre last December, currently runs 70 centres across England.
Ireland is one of the last pro-life countries in Europe, and has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, have been pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand for years. A referendum vote on the Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life, is scheduled for May.
Marie Stopes has such a horrible reputation that Irish women and their unborn babies would be in danger if it expands to Dublin.
Dr. Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign in Ireland said the news media has failed to inform the public about Marie Stopes’ horrible reputation. She pointed to the report about 400 botched abortions in a two-month period as an example.
“Women have been kept in the dark for far too long about the standards of care at Marie Stopes clinics. This latest scandal reveals the lengths some are prepared to go to in order to give protective cover to the abortion industry,” Cullen said.
Several women died along with their unborn babies at Marie Stopes facilities in the past decade. In 2011, a woman died from a failed legal abortion at a facility in Australia. In 2013, an Irish woman also died with her unborn child after having an abortion at one of its facilities in London.
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In addition, one of its Australia facilities is facing a lawsuit after a woman said she almost died there from an abortion. The woman claims that a Marie Stopes abortionist failed to recognize that she had an ectopic pregnancy before the abortion. A few days later, the woman had to have emergency surgery because her fallopian tube ruptured and threatened her life, according to court documents.
The abortion chain has been accused of unethical practices in Africa as well. In 2017, a community in Kenya said Marie Stopes workers implanted long-lasting contraceptive devices into girls as young as 14 without their parents’ knowledge or consent. It also has been accused of doing hundreds of illegal abortions in Africa.
In 2016, the British government forced Marie Stopes to partially shut down after inspectors uncovered horrendous conditions in its abortion facilities across the UK. It later was allowed to re-open.
According to inspection reports, the abortion chain allegedly falsified safety checks, “bulk signed” abortion consent forms and failed to properly train staff for emergency situations, The Times reported. Inspectors said they witnessed staff performing an abortion on a woman with learning disabilities who did not understand what was happening.
Inspectors found other “horrific scenes,” including parts of aborted babies left in open trash cans and patients exposed to potentially hazardous conditions, according to the Telegraph. Others observed staff checking off safety lists about patient recovery before the abortions even began.
The Care Quality Commission found evidence that Marie Stopes also was pressuring women to have abortions by incentivizing staff with bonuses.
Marie Stopes International receives huge donations from American billionaire Bill Gates to push contraception in Africa and other developing areas of the world. One of the largest abortion providers in the world, Marie Stopes works internationally to promote and provide abortions and contraception to women and girls, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America.