Marie Stopes International, a British-based abortion chain accused of giving its employees incentives to sell more abortions, launched a campaign this week to “Smash Abortion Stigma.”
The pro-abortion campaign aims to help women feel “informed, educated and supported” in their decision to have an abortion, according to the Metro.
Though the campaign claims to be centered around women, its real goal is to benefit the abortion industry by convincing the public that it’s normal to abort an unborn baby. Marie Stopes made more than $361 million aborting unborn babies last year across the world, according to its annual report.
According to the pro-abortion campaign, too many women feel that they cannot talk about their abortions. A survey commissioned by Marie Stopes found that only one in three “pro-choice” women feel comfortable telling a family member if they are considering an abortion. Additionally, only 62 percent said they would feel comfortable telling a partner – likely the father of their unborn baby.
The abortion chain highlighted the survey to claim that society must be more accepting of abortion on demand. Others promoting the campaign include Liberal Democrat MP Heidi Allen, novelist Marian Keyes and “Derry Girls” actress Siobhan McSweeney, according to the Metro.
Amy Allum, 28, who is involved in the campaign, said she had an abortion when she was 17 and her contraception failed, the Huffington Post reports. She admitted that she made the decision for selfish reasons.
“I knew straight away that I wanted to have an abortion, I wanted to go on to university and travel the world,” Allum said.
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Then, she blamed society for making her feel bad for aborting her unborn child.
“It wasn’t the abortion that upset me, I was upset that I couldn’t tell the truth – I felt as though I had a dirty little secret that I couldn’t share with anyone,” Allum continued. “As I grew older, I started to realize that I wasn’t ashamed of my abortion. It was the responsible thing to do for my own happiness.”
Ending a baby’s life for pure convenience is the opposite of responsible, but the Marie Stopes campaign aims to convince women otherwise.
“Women want to talk, and our research shows that open and honest conversations about abortion help women and girls feel informed, educated and supported when it comes to making their own choices about their own bodies,” said Dr. Caroline Gazet, clinical director for Marie Stopes UK.
But honesty is not what Marie Stopes is promoting. Its new campaign ignores the real root of abortion stigma: An abortion kills a unique, living human being, the woman’s own child. Yet, the abortion provider tries to convince hurting women that their pain is the fault of society, not their own choices.
The abortion group has incentives for promoting abortion as well. Abortion is big business. Though Marie Stopes identifies as a non-profit, it reaps in huge amounts of money every year from its abortion work. In August, its CEO faced criticism for being one of the highest paid charity executives in the UK.
There have been numerous scandals surrounding the pro-abortion group in recent years as well, adding to the evidence that it does not really care about women.
In 2016, British health inspectors discovered such alarming health problems inside its British facilities that the government temporarily forced Marie Stopes to stop doing certain abortions. In one case, inspectors said they intervened in a situation where a woman with learning disabilities was being pushed into an abortion even though she appeared distressed and did not understand what was going on, The Telegraph reported at the time.
The government later allowed Marie Stopes to resume all abortions after the abortion chain took corrective measures.
But problems persisted. In 2017, a British Care Quality Commission report found the abortion chain botched nearly 400 abortions in a two-month period. It also found evidence that Marie Stopes may be pressuring women to have abortions by incentivizing staff with bonuses.
Marie Stopes also has been accused of doing hundreds of illegal, unsafe abortions in Africa. In 2017, parents and community leaders in Kitui, Kenya were outraged after learning that Marie Stopes workers allegedly came into their children’s school and implanted long-lasting contraceptive devices into girls as young as 14 without their parents’ knowledge or consent.