One of the world’s largest abortion chains saw a massive drop in abortions in 2020, representing almost 2 million unborn babies’ lives.
MSI Reproductive Choice, formerly Marie Stopes International, is a British-based abortion chain with centers in 37 countries across the world that are aborting unborn babies. One of its stated goals is to expand abortions world-wide, and it lobbies governments to do so through laws and policies.
In 2020, however, the opposite happened. During the COVID-19 pandemic, MSI did approximately 1.8 million fewer abortions and post-abortion services, according to its annual report.
The abortion chain reported 2.8 million abortions and post-abortion services in 2020, compared to 4.6 million in 2019.
For MSI and other abortion groups, the pandemic posed “significant challenges” to their goal of aborting more babies. MSI pointed to problems with lower shipments of abortion pills and “lower client offtake in India.”
“National lockdowns, travel restrictions, supply chain delays and stock-outs severely impacted the number of people who accessed a safe abortion and post-abortion care service with us last year,” the pro-abortion group said in its report.
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Such a sharp drop in abortion numbers means that babies were spared from abortions in countries all across the globe.
Research shows and even abortion activists admit that abortion restrictions do stop abortions. Most women do not seek out dangerous back alley abortions or do-it-yourself abortions; instead, they have their babies.
While MSI expressed optimism that abortion numbers are increasing again, recent actions suggest pro-life advocates are the ones who have reasons to hope. This summer, MSI closed four abortion facilities in Australia because of financial constraints, suggesting its abortion numbers there are down.
However, the abortion chain said it does plan to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions in other ways, especially through telemedicine. This means mailing or delivering abortion drugs to mothers who may never see a doctor in person before aborting their unborn baby at home.
MSI began doing telemedicine abortions in the United Kingdom and South Africa in 2020, and it is working to expand to Ghana, Nepal and India in the near future, according to its report.
“The increased availability of medical abortion pills has allowed MSI and others to rapidly expand access to safe medical abortion and post-abortion care” in the past five years, the organization said.
It is doing so at the expense of women’s health as well as babies’ lives. Studies indicate that abortion drugs are not safe for mothers or their unborn babies, especially when taken without a doctor’s supervision.
MSI has been the subject of numerous scandals involving botched and coerced abortions and other safety violations. In 2016, British health authorities discovered such alarming health problems inside its British facilities that the government temporarily shut down its abortion operations.
The sharp drop in abortions in 2020 is a reason to hope because countless babies and mothers have been spared from the pain and death of abortion.
Meanwhile, the pro-life movement is expanding its efforts to support these families – something MSI begrudgingly mentioned in its report as a “rise of emboldened anti-choice groups around the world.” Heartbeat International, for example, has a world-wide map with thousands of pregnancy resource centers and other charities that help mothers and babies in need. Religious charities, non-profits, pro-life lawmakers and others also are working to increase support so that every child is valued and every mother empowered with the resources she needs to choose life.