When Jade Stevens (pictured) went into a Marie Stopes abortion facility looking for options, she said she felt more like she was on a conveyor belt than in a health care facility.
Earlier this week, a watchdog group released inspection reports that indicate Stevens’ experience was not unique. The Care Quality Commission reports revealed some horrific findings inside Marie Stopes International facilities in England.
Four months ago, the commission reports prompted the British government to block Marie Stopes International from performing certain abortions. However, it lifted the ban in October after the abortion chain promised that it was correcting the problems.
The Times reports Marie Stopes International was found to have falsified safety checks, “bulk signed” abortion consent forms and failed to properly train staff for emergency situations. According to the reports, its inspectors also 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.
The Daily Mail reports Stevens decided to share her personal experience after learning about the horrific discoveries.
Stevens, 37, is a single mother of three. She said she just had separated with her unborn baby’s father when she discovered that she was pregnant. Struggling to provide for her two older children, she said she considered having an abortion and went to a Marie Stopes facility.
Stevens said the abortion clinic staff treated her poorly and pressured her to have an abortion. When she decided against abortion, she said they accused her of “wasting their time” and then rushed her out of the building. She later gave birth to her daughter, who is 11 months old, according to the report.
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“I thought there was no way I could cope with another child,” Stevens said. “Part of me wanted to have an abortion and part didn’t. When I told them I didn’t want the abortion, they accused me of wasting their time. I was ushered out of the door half-dressed and in tears.”
Here’s more from her interview with the Daily Mail:
She said: ‘I went expecting sympathy, kindness and compassion and it was nothing like that. It was like a beauty parlour when you queue to have your waxing.’
Miss Stevens also claims she did not once speak to a doctor and was offered no face to face counselling. ‘I saw several nurses and explained my situation. I felt like they wanted me to have an abortion,’ she said. ‘The place was chock-a-block with people. It is all about money. They are not counselling people properly.’
She added: ‘It was like a conveyor belt. Some (women) were really upset, they were crying but there was no support for them.’ And she said staff did not seem to care about the emotional ordeal the women were going through, adding: ‘It was one in, and literally five minutes later, another one in. They were doing it so quickly.’
Despite her struggles as a single mom, Stevens said she is glad she chose life for her daughter.
Marie Stopes is one of the largest abortion chains in England, performing about 70,000 abortions every year. 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 reportedly died from a heart attack caused by “extensive internal blood loss” just hours after having an abortion at a Marie Stopes facility.
The recently released inspection reports detail thousands of problems in its British abortion facilities. One inspector found remains from aborted babies left in open trashcans. Others observed staff checking off safety lists about patient recovery before the abortions even began.
Staff were not trained in how to respond to a deteriorating patient, achieving poor results when resuscitation simulations were attempted. Patients were put at risk of avoidable errors, because basic surgery checklists were not followed, with long waits for patients having terminations.
In South London, obtaining consent was left to nurses and healthcare assistants, in breach of laws which state this should be done by doctors.
In Maidstone in Kent, inspectors found failings in infection control systems, with poor hand hygiene, and failures in pre-surgical preparation.
Pro-life groups are calling on British Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to protect women by putting a halt to Marie Stopes’ abortion practices.
“It is because of our deep concern about the safety of women who may use these clinics …” Life Education Director Anne Scanlan wrote Hunt on Wednesday, in the letter provided to LifeNews. “If similar breaches were observed in the Education sector, and the safety of children was at risk, schools would be closed.”