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Britain’s 12th largest abortion clinic to close

An abortion clinic in Brighton that performed over 3,100 abortions in 2019 will be closing later in the year. 

According to the latest available data, the BPAS Wistons Clinic in Brighton, run by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, was responsible for 3,149 abortions in 2019, making it the 12th largest abortion clinic in England and Wales in terms of the total number of abortions performed. The official figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show that a total of 9,379 abortions have taken place at the clinic between 2017 and 2019.

The closure of the clinic has been confirmed by a senior member of Brighton & Hove City Council.

The building, at the Junction of Dyke Road and Old Shoreham Road in Brighton, is now for sale for £3,000,000.

Controversy at Brighton abortion clinic

The closure comes after a 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) report found that the abortion clinic failed to “notify CQC when serious incidents occurred”, which is a legal requirement under the Health and Social Care Act.

The report also found that patients at the clinic might be at risk because there was no system to summon medical assistance whilst in the treatment rooms.

The clinic was found to be putting girls between the ages of 13 and 18 at risk, with the report highlighting that: “Staff did not have any training to support their role in an emergency with young people. Staff did not receive training to specifically recognise the signs, and act appropriately, if the condition of a young woman aged between 13 and 18 years[‘] health starts to deteriorate”.

A series of other issues at the clinic were found by the Care Quality Commission.

There were a series of vigils of pro-lifers outside the abortion clinic offering assistance and support to women who were considering an abortion over the past decade and even before. This has included vigils held by 40 Days for Life, which completed its last vigil at the clinic on Sunday 28th March 2021.

Closure of BPAS Streatham abortion clinic

Earlier this year, the second largest late-term abortion clinic in the UK also closed. The clinic in Streatham South London, which performed over 1,200 abortions of unborn children at 20 weeks or over in the last three years, had been mired in scandal as the CQC had found a series incompetent staff who had not completed life support training and “not all equipment was in good working order”.

The CQC noted that two serious incidents and 76 clinical incidents were reported at the clinic between April 2018 and April 2019. However, this is likely only the tip of the iceberg as inspectors discovered that “staff did not always report incidents as they felt there was a blame culture”.

One staff member even disclosed to an inspector, “if you raise concerns then you have to face the consequences. I have learnt to keep quiet”.

Alarmingly, only nine of the clinic’s twenty-four members of staff had received training to spot and treat sepsis, which is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK.

Those who attended the clinic offered further insight into the clinic, particularly in regard to the treatment they received from staff. One client said: “you get treated like an animal” and another offered a similar sentiment saying: “the women were treated like complete animals, herded like sheep and spoke [sic] to like dogs”.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “The second closure of an abortion clinic in the UK in a matter of months, somewhere that ends large numbers of innocent lives, can only be a good thing. As we have seen so consistently with the abortion industry before, expanding access to abortion appears to be their one and only concern. The provision and promotion of DIY abortions, despite their demonstrable danger for women, as well as the poor standards maintained in the clinic in Brighton, prove this”.

“It’s important we give a special thanks to all those individuals who have offered those entering this facility positive alternatives to abortion over the years. Thank you for your courageous work, and we hope the ending of lives at this location will free time up for you to help more women and unborn children at the many other abortion centres that sadly still continue to operate elsewhere in the UK”.

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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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