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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.”

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.