Marie Stopes International to Host Sexual Health Forum, Ignores Abortion Problems

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 7, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Marie Stopes International to Host Sexual Health Forum, Ignores Abortion Problems

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 7
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Marie Stopes International, one of the world’s biggest abortion businesses, is hosting on conference on September 29 designed to address sexual health issues. Absent from its press release on the event is any mention of how MSI stokes controversy from free abortions and has killed women in abortions.

Dubbed the Sex in the City Conference, MSI is touting it as a way to promote the latest data and information on preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

"The event comes as the latest STI data show that infection rates continue to rise with almost half a million people diagnosed last year. Of significant concern is that one in 10 young people are being diagnosed a second time within 12 months of their initial infection," MSI complains.

The numbers come as the abortion business is aggressively promoting the morning after pill, which offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections.

Tracey McNeil the Vice-President of UK and Europe at MSI, says the event is designed to promote "strategies that are effective in getting more people using contraception and having safe sex."

But the press release also says it is meant to "show that sexual health services need to be excluded from government funding cuts." It will likely include ways in which MSI can lobby the British government to give more money to the abortion business.

The press statement makes mention of "late stage abortion" as one of the topics of discussion.

But the conference participants will not likely hear how a woman in India died from a botched legal abortion at an MSI abortion center.

According to the Republica newspaper, a woman identified as Durga Devi Khadka went to a Marie Stopes center for an abortion of her 10-week-old unborn child. She died at the MSI facility located in Damak Municipality-15 of Jhapa district in May.

Her family members told the newspaper they blame the "shoddy" practices and abortion practitioner at the Marie Stopes abortion business. Police have detained Chitra Bahadur Karki, the owner of the abortion center, for an investigation.

Earlier this year, the Britain-based abortion business announced it did 920,000 abortions in 43 countries in 2009. MSI indicated most of its work takes place in developing countries and in rural areas or urban slums where is says the "need" for abortion is at its greatest.

The 920,000 medical and surgical abortions represented a 56% increase on the previous year’s figures.

Ironically, MSI officials claim they are able to avert maternal deaths by doing the abortions.

"MSI family planning and reproductive health services across 43 countries averted … nearly 35,000 maternal deaths, reducing global maternal mortality by about six percent," the abortion business claimed.

That comes even as research data continues to show that nations where women and children are protected from abortions see the lowest maternal mortality rates.

MSI also came under fire for running new abortion commercials on Channel 4, despite criticism from pro-life groups and a potential legal challenge.

Last month, MSI came under heavy criticism for offering free abortions to the staffers that work at its abortion centers as part of the health benefits package MSI offers to its employees, their spouses or partners, and their children.


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