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Marie Stopes International hoping to recruit more students into ‘abortion care’

Marie Stopes International is attempting to encourage young medical students into providing abortions as it faces potential shortages in trained medical professionals willing to do abortions.

The abortion giant is working with Health Education England and a range of UK universities as it seeks to promote its new abortion clinic placement programme to students.

A pilot scheme, conducted with King’s College London, has seen two students say they’re both keen on continuing in abortion provision.

Trishnu told the Royal College of Nursing magazine: “Being able to come here allowed me to develop my knowledge about abortion and the medical aspects of contraception”.

Ozlem, a young Muslim woman who underwent the placement, added: “it’s rare to see Muslim females and Muslim males come to clinics for an abortion. Now that I’ve had this opportunity, I can also spread the word, letting them know that you can make your own choice.”

Students could be forced into ‘abortion skills’ training

In 2016, it emerged only 1% of trainee obstetricians and gynaecologists were taking higher training in abortion.

Attempts to increase those numbers in recent years haven’t come from just Marie Stopes.

Last year, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) released a report stating its intention to teach and assess “abortion skills” as part of its core curriculum.

Going a step further than the NICE recommendations, RCOG’s proposals fail to mention any conscientious objection provision for pro-life students who don’t want to provide ‘abortion care’.

In its Better for Women report, the College says “the General Medical Council (GMC) should review the Undergraduate medical curriculum to include the importance of abortion care to students.

“The RCOG will teach abortion skills as a part of its core curriculum and assess those skills through examination.”

All doctors who practise medicine in the UK must be registered with the GMC, meaning if the proposals are adopted, pro-life medical students could be forced to sit through undefined “abortion skills” training or risk losing their membership of the medical body.

‘Indoctrination’

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said: “The extremely low number of trainee obstetricians and gynaecologists who are taking higher training in abortion likely reflects an innate human reluctance to end life.

“Marie Stopes International’s new placement scheme is nothing but an attempt to indoctrinate young medical students.

“Future healthcare professional’s training should be directed at offering the best possible care to all humans, including unborn babies.”

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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:

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