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Press Release: RTL Welcomes CQC-Instigated Suspension of Marie Stopes Abortion Provision

Right To Life welcomes the suspension of surgical abortions at Marie Stopes clinics. The CQC is to be congratulated on its discovery of the safety issues in Marie Stopes clinics surrounding the levels of training and competence in anaesthesia and sedation, and issues of consent, and its instigation of this course of action by Marie Stopes.

The CQC’s findings raise the question of how much the abortion industry really cares for the women to whom it provides abortions. It comes following the judge-ordered investigation into a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, which in 2012 performed an abortion on a 32 year old Irish woman called Aisha Chithira, a mother-of-one who died from a heart attack in a taxi caused by extensive internal blood loss.

The fact that our laws are commonly abused so as to enable abortion on demand is already well known, and this necessitates proper legal safeguards. We now know that the nature of abortion provision itself can be abusive, and that this requires more oversight and regulation in the future to prevent private providers from engaging in surgical operations that are unsafe for, or not consented to by, pregnant mothers.

Peter D. Williams, Executive Officer said:

We have long heard from anecdote that the manner in which Marie Stopes has provided its ‘services’ has been at times abusive and left women aggrieved at what is already a very difficult time. We also know from the Ealing case that their provision has been so dangerously poor as to be fatal. Especially in the light of these horrifying failures, is gladdening to say the least to see that the CQC has stopped Marie Stopes abortion provision.

Abortion is always destructive of the lives of unborn children, but when prosecuted as it has been by some abortionists, it can leave women scarred as well. I hope this opens a real debate about the under-regulation of abortion in the UK; one that leads to a proper respect and application of the original intention of Parliament in 1967 and the welfare of women – and increasingly their unborn children – to be made paramount”.