Marie Stopes International (MSI) has resumed performing abortions seven weeks after they were suspended over “serious concerns” about patient safety.
The abortion giant was forced to suspend terminations for vulnerable women and those under the age of 18, as well as all surgical abortions at its Norwich centre, after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found problems with management, training and gaining consent. MSI had to divert around 250 procedures a week to other abortion providers.
The deputy chief inspector of the CQC said on Friday that MSI’s leadership had “accepted the severity of these concerns and taken appropriate action to address them”. However, concerns have been raised about the decision to allow MSI to resume all services before an official report into the failings had been published.
Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary, said “These serious concerns about MSI have clearly not been allowed to make a significant difference to the government funded abortion programme. It seems likely that more examples of malpractice will come to light when the official report is published.”
As LifeNews noted, The Guardian reported 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.