One of the largest abortion groups in the world pays its male employees much more than its female employees, according to a new government-required report.
Marie Stopes International, which, like Planned Parenthood, has weathered scandal after scandal, is facing yet another one this week.
Devex reports the abortion group admitted to a 45.2 percent gender pay gap, with its female employees making 55 pence for every 1 British pound made by its male employees, based on mean hourly pay.
Its wage gap is one of the worst of any organization in the United Kingdom, according to the report.
Marie Stopes is an international abortion chain based in England. It has an egregious reputation, having botched nearly 400 abortions in a two-month period in 2017, according to the British Care Quality Commission. In 2016, inspectors found such horrible conditions that the British government temporarily shut down some of the abortion chain’s operations. In Africa, it also has been accused of performing illegal abortions and pushing long-lasting contraception on young girls without their parents’ knowledge.
This week, a spokesperson for Marie Stopes said they will work to rectify the pay inequity. However, the group also justified the gap by arguing that “more women are employed in nursing roles, while more men are employed in higher-paid clinical roles such as surgery, which it says reflects a sector-wide trend in health care.”
Here’s more from the report:
That is despite women making up the majority of MSI’s U.K. workforce, including at the senior leadership level.
Women’s mean bonus pay is also 74.5 percent lower than men’s.
The numbers were reported under new regulations in the United Kingdom, which require organizations with more than 250 employees to publish anonymized data on the difference in average earnings between men and women in a drive to clamp down on the gender pay gap.
The size of the difference at MSI is the highest among aid organizations to report so far, with its overall gap of 45.2 percent comparing to the U.K. national average of 17.4 percent.
Marie Stopes pushes its abortion agenda in at least 37 countries, and has received taxpayer funding from America in the past. President Donald Trump put a stop to the funding in 2017.
And for good reason. Several women died along with their unborn babies at Marie Stopes facilities in the past decade. In 2011, a woman died from a failed legal abortion at a facility in Australia. In 2013, an Irish woman also died with her unborn child after having an abortion at one of its facilities in London.
In addition, one of its Australia facilities is facing a lawsuit after a woman said she almost died there from 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.
The abortion chain has been accused of unethical practices in Africa as well. In 2017, a community in Kenya said Marie Stopes workers implanted long-lasting contraceptive devices into girls as young as 14 without their parents’ knowledge or consent. It also has been accused of doing hundreds of dangerous, illegal abortions in Africa.
In 2016, the British government forced Marie Stopes to partially shut down after inspectors uncovered horrendous conditions in its abortion facilities across the UK. It later was allowed to re-open.
According to inspection reports, the abortion chain allegedly falsified safety checks, “bulk signed” consent forms and failed to properly train staff for emergency situations, The Times reported. Inspectors said they 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.
The Care Quality Commission found evidence that Marie Stopes also was pressuring women to have abortions by incentivizing staff with bonuses.
Marie Stopes International receives huge donations from American billionaire Bill Gates to push contraception in Africa and other developing areas of the world.