With the news surfacing today that the British-based Marie Stopes abortion business is responsible for killing yet another woman in a failed legal abortion, pro-life campaigners are questioning whether the abortion giant is safe for women.
In 2011, another woman died from a failed legal abortion in Australia run in Croydon, Victoria by the UK-based Marie Stopes International abortion business.
Cora Sherlock, of the Pro Life Campaign in Ireland puts this newest death and questions about Marie Stopes in perspective:
The tragic story reported today is not the first incident of a life-endangering situation involving a woman from Ireland at a Marie Stopes clinic.
In December 2011, Dr Phanuel Dartey was struck off the General Medical Register in Britain for almost killing an Irish woman after performing a botched abortion at the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, London.
In this latest story, the woman who died had no life-threatening condition before the abortion but developed grave complications within hours of the procedure. It raises very serious questions about the safety of abortion in certain clinics.
It is disturbing the way some people are trying to use this tragic story to continue the push for abortion in Ireland when it is obvious the focus should be on what happened in the Marie Stopes clinic leading to her death.
While official figures suggest that abortion in Britain is relatively safe for women, there have been several reports and incidents recently that challenge this claim.
We offer our sincere condolences to her husband and family over their terrible loss.
In the Australian case, a 42-year-old woman died days after the botched legal abortion she obtained from Marie Stopes.
That abortion death took place at an abortion facility that had already drawn international attention because it employed an abortion practitioner who was accused of purposefully infecting more than 50 women with hepatitis C during 2008 and 2009. Anesthesiologist James Latham Peters was eventually found guilty in the case.
As Sherlock mentioned, that death followed on the heels of an England-based Marie Stopes International abortion practitioner getting struck from the list of licensed physicians in England after he nearly killed a woman in a failed abortion.
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Phanuel Dartey perforated the uterus of an Ireland woman who went to the UK for an abortion and left parts of the unborn baby inside of her after supposedly completing the abortion he did at the Marie Stopes International Clinic in Ealing where he worked.
The woman, according to a report in the Independent, returned home following the abortion but was late taken tot he hospital where she remained in critical condition for two months after the botched abortion.
Dartey was also accused of botching laser surgery on five other women and the combined actions prompted a disciplinary panel to rule that he posted a risk to the public by engaging in medical malpractice and dishonesty. The panel ultimately said “his integrity cannot be relied upon.” The General Medical Council cited “unforeseen and distressing consequences” from the cosmetic surgeries.