Marie Stopes International, one of the largest abortion chains in the world, reportedly gave its staff incentives to encourage women to abort their unborn babies.
A new watchdog report from the Care Quality Commission found the British-based abortion chain allegedly offered bonuses to staff who urged women to go through with an abortion, Kent Online reports.
The new allegations are just one of numerous problems uncovered at Marie Stopes. In 2016, the British government partially shut down the abortion chain after inspectors found egregious health and safety violations. However, it lifted the ban several months later after Marie Stopes leaders promised that they were correcting the problems.
Now, the new CQC report indicates even more problems at the Marie Stopes International Maidstone Centre in England.
Staff said they were encouraged to follow up with women who chose life for their unborn babies and ask them to reconsider, the inspectors found. These women were identified as “Did not proceed,” according to the report.
Abortion clinic staff said they though their ability to persuade these women to have abortions affected their bonuses.
According to the local news:
Investigators also found evidence of a company policy encouraging staff at all 70 clinics to contact so-called ‘do not proceeds’ (DNP) to offer them a later appointment.
The inspection was carried out in May 2016 but the report was only published this month.
Staff referred to the Maidstone centre feeling like a cattle market with one describing it ‘feeling like a hamster in a wheel’.
The watchdog concluded staff showed limited empathy for how patients might be feeling and that support from a partner, friend or parent was discouraged. People who came along to support clients were asked to leave while the procedure took place.
The report states: “Staff were concerned that ‘Did Not Proceed’, the term used when women decided not to proceed with treatment, was … linked to their performance bonus.
“They felt that this encouraged staff to ensure that patients underwent procedures.”
Marie Stopes UK managing director Richard Bentley denied the allegations, saying they promote “choice” to all their patients.
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“Informed choice is at the heart of our charity’s mission, and every woman we serve is talked through her options before booking an appointment and again at the clinic,” Bentley said. “We follow a stringent consent process, and we will not proceed with a procedure if we have any doubt at all that a woman is unsure of her decision.”
But such allegations are not limited to Marie Stopes. Planned Parenthood staff also have said the American abortion chain encourages staff to sell more abortions.
Former Iowa Planned Parenthood manager Sue Thayer told Live Action that incentives given to employees for reaching abortion sales goals included pizza parties and paid time off. She said employees were trained to convince women to have abortions.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, while Marie Stopes is one of the largest abortion chains in England, performing about 70,000 abortions every year.
Marie Stopes has a reputation for poor care. Back in 2016, inspectors found a slew of problems at facilities across the UK that led to the government partially shutting down its operations.
According to inspection reports, the abortion chain allegedly falsified safety checks, “bulk signed” abortion consent forms and failed to properly train staff for emergency situations, The Times reported in 2016. 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. Others observed staff checking off safety lists about patient recovery before the abortions even began.
One of its Australia facilities also faced a lawsuit in 2016 from a woman who said she almost died there after having an abortion. The woman claims that a Marie Stopes abortionist failed to diagnose her 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.