A British government agency is prohibiting one of the country’s largest abortion chains from doing some abortions after discovering serious safety concerns at its facilities.
The Guardian reports the abortion chain Marie Stopes International may not perform abortions on under-age girls and vulnerable groups of women, or abortions using general anesthetic or conscious sedation in England as a result of the Care Quality Commission’s decision. In addition, its Norwich facility is prohibited from performing any surgical abortions, the commission said.
In the past few years, LifeNews has reported numerous instances where women allegedly suffered injuries or even died after having abortions at Marie Stopes facilities. In one of the more recent cases, a woman allegedly died from a heart attack caused by “extensive internal blood loss” just hours after having an abortion.
The commission said its health inspectors began reporting concerns after conducting routine inspections of the abortion facilities. Their concerns led to an unannounced inspection of the Marie Stopes headquarters in England and its call center within the past month, according to the report.
Now, the agency has ordered that Marie Stopes stop doing certain abortion procedures in England because they fear for women’s safety. Here’s more from the report:
The CQC said the drastic action was necessary “to make sure that patients are protected from potential harm when undergoing pregnancy terminations”.
The inspectorate said it was concerned that the right protocols might not be in place to ensure that young women under the age of 18 were able to give informed consent to the termination of a pregnancy.
The regulator is also concerned about the standards of anaesthesia in clinics when women are undergoing surgical abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, which is a small minority of total terminations. The CQC said there was a “lack of assurance in relation to training and competence in conscious sedation and general anaesthesia”.
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CQC Deputy Chief Inspector Edward Baker said the commission will release more detailed inspection findings soon. If Marie Stopes makes changes to ensure women are being treated safely, the commission said it may lift the abortion prohibitions.
A spokesman for the abortion chain denied that they were endangering the safety of clients and said he was surprised by the announcement.
The commission estimated that the prohibition will affect about 250 British women each week. The British government said it would work to ensure women will be referred to other abortion clinics to have abortions.
Marie Stopes International has a long record of reportedly injuring women in abortions. In a 2011 case, a British abortionist lost his medical license after he was accused of nearly killing a woman in a botched abortion at a Marie Stopes abortion facility in West London, LifeNews reported.
Currently, one of its Australia facilities is facing a lawsuit after a woman said she almost died there after having 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.