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Marie Stopes boss receives 100% bonus as organisation performs 4.8 million abortions

Abortion provider Marie Stopes International’s chief executive, earned £434,500 in 2018 according to the latest accounts released by Companies House this week.

Simon Cooke earned £217,250 (p.51) as his basic salary and received a 100% performance related bonus, doubling his overall earnings, after Marie Stopes International (MSI) claim to have had the biggest impact to date. 

According to MSI, they performed 4.8 million abortions in 2018 across the 37 countries in which they operate. This figure is up from 4.1 million the previous year, an increase of 17.1%. In the UK, MSI performed around 70,000 abortions a year, approximately a third of all abortions performed.

The accounts also show the abortion provider had a record income of £296.8 million, receiving over £48 million in 2018 from the Department for International Development (DfID), who remain their single largest donor.

The amount that Mr Cooke was paid in 2018 would put him in the top-10 highest earners in the charity sector.

Mr Cooke’s impressive salary and bonus come off the back of a series of scandals in the past few years where inspectors found “dead foetuses lying in an open bin”; evidence of high pressure sales tactics to get women to have abortions; and cases of doctors pre-signing consent forms.

University College London is also considering removing a plaque to Marie Stopes at the university because of her racist and eugenic views.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK Catherine Robinson said:

“MSI were responsible for 4.8 million abortions worldwide in 2018. That’s about the same as the population of the whole of Ireland. And their chief executive had his salary doubled for this ‘achievement’.”

“Marie Stopes International have set themselves a target of performing 5 million abortions in 2019.”

“If Stormont is unable to reconvene by 21st October, Westminster’s extreme abortion regime will come to Northern Ireland and this new abortion market will be opened up to MSI, helping them to reach their target of 5 million abortions. The only winners in this scenario will be the abortion providers themselves.”

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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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