Marie Stopes franchise forced to close after ‘fake’ doctors found performing illegal abortions

The bodies of ten illegally aborted babies have been found discarded and decomposing in a bin at a Marie Stopes International franchise ‘Medical Centre’ in Kenya, it has been revealed.

A police search of the Marie Stopes franchise Prestige Health Point Medical Centre in Nairobi’s Pangani estate last week, also uncovered medical equipment and drugs commonly used in abortion procedures.

As a result of the findings, Kenya’s national police service, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, revealed they had arrested two ‘fake doctors’ and three other workers on suspicion of conducting illegal terminations. 

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council has disclosed the two arrested ‘doctors’ were not registered medical practitioners. “The men had not produced any documents to prove that they were doctors,” said Deputy William Sirego. “They have no registration numbers”.

The medical body has now ordered the closure of Prestige Health Point Medical Centre and suspended its registration certificate and operating license with immediate effect, pending investigation.

Citing evidence that providing abortions may have been the alleged medical centre’s main function, an individual living locally to the facility told All Africa that “most of [the patients]are young girls”.

The medical centre was one of more than 400 Amua  Marie Stopes franchise clinics across Kenya, before its closure.

Exceptional quality?

The Marie Stopes Kenya website states: “At our Amua clinics we guarantee you an excellent healthcare experience at a very affordable price.”

It adds: “But what truly sets us apart is our strong belief in offering services of exceptional quality that meet the global Marie Stopes International standards. Our network of 400 clinics is also spread all over Kenya thus bringing our services closer to you.”

While Marie Stopes International claims to offer “exceptional quality” and “excellent healthcare”, the reality appears to be the opposite.

Just last week it was revealed a nurse in the UK was left fearing for her life and needing emergency surgery after Marie Stopes denied the woman counselling and forced her to take abortion pills at home, rather than under the supervision of a doctor in a clinic.

A damning report from the UK’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) accused Marie Stopes International of paying staff bonuses for coercing women into abortions.

In addition, the CQC found the abortion group was not following proper sterilization and infection control protocols and was improperly disposing of the bodies of the babies they aborted.

In 2016, Marie Stopes International was forced to suspend abortion services for a month after an unannounced inspection by the CQC found dead foetuses lying in an open bin and staff trying to give a vulnerable, visibly distressed woman an abortion without her consent”.

In 2012, a woman called Aisha Chithira, 32, bled to death after having an abortion in Ealing Marie Stopes. A Marie Stopes doctor and two nurses were charged and then acquitted of gross negligence manslaughter.

Increased funding for abortion giant

Despite these offences, the UK increased funding for Marie Stopes International by 5000% from 2006 to 2018.

The Department for International Development has increased its contributions to the abortion giant from £905,000 in 2006 to £48,173,000 in 2018.

As pointed out by Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Kenya’s constitution guarantees the right to life and states that life begins at conception – something the majority of the country’s population still believe.

A recent survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, which questioned 2,050 people across the country, showed 86% of women and 84% of men believe “abortion should never be permitted”.

International abortion organisations trying to change law

Regardless of the social attitudes in the country, major international and well-financed organisations, including Ipas, MSI and Planned Parenthood Global, are attempting to push more extreme abortion legislation on Kenya and other African countries.  

The latest attempt to introduce a radical abortion Bill has been halted following pressure from the Kenyan population and pro-life campaigners.

 ‘Kenya’s constitution is clear’

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: “The Kenyan constitution is clear that life begins in the womb and should be protected under the bill of rights.

“A full investigation must be conducted into Marie Stopes International’s actions not just in Kenya, but around the world where they are likely offering abortions illegally and without due care for the women they claim to give ‘excellent healthcare’ too.

“Funding for Marie Stopes International from the UK Government should be removed from the organisation and given to organisations offering pregnant women real support.”

Censorship zone in Manchester will deny pregnant women emotional and practical support

Pregnant women will be denied emotional and practical support outside one of the UK’s largest abortion clinics under a new public space protection order (PSPO) setup by Manchester City Council.

The new censorship zone not only prevents women from being offered support but will also ban peaceful pro-life demonstrations and prayer outside Marie Stopes International’s Manchester Centre abortion clinic.

It will come into effect on Friday 9 October and will last for three years. However, a challenge to the censorship zone can be made to the High Court in the next six weeks.

Marie Stopes International’s Manchester Centre abortion clinic is among the UK’s ten largest abortion facilities, conducting 4,264 terminations in 2019.

Pro-life concerns dismissed

Councillor Nigel Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester council, told the BBC the decision had been taken to introduce the order after “looking at the evidence and taking into account what people have told us”.

However, in the council’s final report on the consultation, the local authority chose to exclude over 1,000 responses for being identical in nature.

It means that less than 200 of the responses analysed were those who identified themselves as supporters of pro-life activity, while 1,311 people who identified themselves as supporters of pro-choice activity had their responses analysed.

As a result of the dismissal, Manchester City Council concluded in its key findings on the consultation that 73% of people were supportive of the ban. If the local authority hadn’t dismissed responses from pro-life campaigners, opposition to the censorship zone would have outweighed support.

Manchester City Council has now joined the local authorities in Ealing and Richmond in setting up a censorship zone outside an abortion clinic, while six other councils are reported to be looking into the issue. 

Home Office finds no reason to introduce censorship zones

Due to additional powers handed over to councils in 2014 by the former Prime Minister Theresa May, local councils can setup localised PSPOs and prohibit certain behaviours within them.

While these are typically used to prevent anti-social behaviour, PSPOs are increasingly beginning to target pro-life campaigners seeking to offer women emotional and practical support outside abortion clinics. 

This is despite a Home Office review finding “no adequate reason” for their introduction.

In 2017, former Home Secretary Amber Rudd launched a review into the scale and nature of pro-life vigils outside abortion clinics to establish if the Government would recommend the introduction of censorship zones. 

In the investigation, continued by the succeeding Home Secretary Sajid Javid, over 2,500 responded to a call for evidence, including abortion service providers, abortion service clients, those engaging in anti-abortion demonstrations, police forces and local authorities.

In 2018, Sajid Javid announced that the Home Office did not find an adequate reason to introduce censorship zones, stating that: 

“…introducing national buffer zones would not be a proportionate response, considering the experiences of the majority of hospitals and clinics, and considering that the majority of activities are more passive in nature. In making my decision, I am also aware that legislation already exists to restrict protest activities that cause harm to others.”

‘Regressive’ censorship zone bill defeated

Despite this review, pro-abortion MPs keep attempting to introduce Bills which would see censorship zones introduced outside all abortion clinics in England and Wales

The latest attempt to do this failed to pass through the Commons at its Second Reading last week.

Speaking out against the now-defeated Bill, Conservative MP Fiona Bruce criticised the motion for being a “regressive step” that would undermine freedoms of speech and conscience.

The pro-life MP, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, said the majority of people gathering outside family planning facilities were acting peacefully.

She told MPs: “Let me be clear, I do not condone aggressive protest activities outside abortion clinics.

“But these are in the minority and imposing national legislation where it is not required to tackle these would be a drastic overreaction because of the potential damage this bill could do to the more widely held freedom of speech in this country.”

In her closing remarks, Fiona then shared the testimony of Alina Dulgheriu, just one of the many mothers who decided to keep their baby as a result of the practical and emotional support received outside of an abortion clinic.

As a result of the pro-life support she received outside an abortion clinic in Ealing, Alina will soon challenge the designation of censorship zones outside abortion clinics at the European Court of Human Rights.

Alina Dulgheriu launched the legal challenge so that other pregnant women could receive the same practical and emotional support she was offered – support which ultimately led to her keeping her daughter, Sarah.

Alina’s story is showcased on the Be Here for Me website, along with just a few of the many stories of women who have been helped by people outside abortion clinics, and the stories of women who could miss out on such support in the future. 

‘Vital lifeline’

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: “By attempting to restrict where women facing unplanned pregnancies can receive compassionate emotional and practical support, the ‘pro-choice’ lobby are removing real choice for women and revealing they’re really just pro-abortion.

“Wonderfully, many babies are alive today because their mothers were able to get the help they needed outside of an abortion clinic.

“This support offers a vital lifeline to pregnant women in crisis pregnancies and should be protected.”

More shocking abuses of ‘DIY’ home abortion pills are exposed

‘DIY’ home abortion pills can easily be obtained and administered to others, potentially in a coercive manner, it has been revealed, as more shocking abuses from an undercover investigation have come to light.

As part of the undercover investigation, commissioned by the Christian Legal Centre, eight volunteers went through the process of acquiring mifepristone and misoprostol – the pills needed to perform a ‘DIY’ home abortion.

In every case, pills were sent to the volunteers, despite using false names, dates of birth and gestational dates. 

Safeguards circumvented as mother acquires abortion pills for underage daughter

Under the use of a false identity and story, Hannah in Hertfordshire (a pseudonym) was able to acquire abortion pills for her underage daughter by pretending she was pregnant herself.

Following a sleepless night, the mother had decided she couldn’t have her fifteen-year-old daughter “go through the system” and in no-way wanted her underage teenager to be questioned by the authorities.

Hannah made the unilateral decision to phone an abortion provider pretending that she was pregnant, get the medical abortion pills sent to their home, and then she would administer these to her daughter.

Hannah wasn’t too sure how this would work out, so she phoned both BPAS and Marie Stopes presenting as seven weeks pregnant and asked for the pills used in a medical termination.

The process was much easier than she thought it would be and after a few telephone calls she received abortion pills in the post from both BPAS and Marie Stopes International.

Although, this is a case study, in real life this would leave a mother like Hannah with two sets of abortion pills – one for her teenage daughter who has circumvented vital safeguards involved in the abortion process and a spare set she could potentially give to another mother with a pregnant daughter.

‘DIY’ home abortion pills consistently prescribed after 10-week limit

Under further false identities and stories, Lisa in Berkshire, Claire in Cambridgeshire, and Laura in Essex (pseudonyms) had each already reached the 10 week gestational time limit when they made their first calls to obtain abortion pills.

Each of them had read about early medical abortion online and knew that their pregnancies exceeded the 9 week 6 day time limit for a ‘DIY’ home abortion.

The women were not just aware they’d be taking abortion pills illegally, but were also aware of the higher incidence of side-effects and failure rates associated with a late-term medical abortion, as detailed on the BPAS website, among others.

The BPAS website states one week of difference, from less than 9 weeks gestation to a 9-10 week gestational age over, doubles the risk of an incomplete abortion; rising from 3% to 7%.

Knowing this, they proceeded regardless and all received their abortion after lying about their gestation age.

Nikki, also also using a false identity, managed to obtain abortion pills from both BPAS and Marie Stopes International. She is now wondering what she might do with the second pack.

Research participant Anna (a pseudonym) gave a gestation date on the cusp of the 9 weeks and 6 days, which would have put her over the limit at the start of the process. During a second call she changed the date of her last menstrual period to remain within the 9 weeks and 6 days limit and this was accepted without any questions being asked.

According to the Christian Legal Centre, all eight volunteers were rushed through the process. The legal advocacy group revealed that: “On one call, staff can be heard talking over the woman to quickly conclude the conversation by sending out the abortion pills.”

Full inquiry into ‘DIY’ home abortions announced

On Monday night, in a major victory for pro-life campaigners, a radical amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill that would have allowed ‘DIY’ home abortions to take place on a permanent basis for domestic abuse victims was withdrawn.

During the debate, pro-life MP Fiona Bruce MP put forward an amendment calling on the Government to conduct an “an inquiry into the safety, number, and impact of abortions carried out under the temporary coronavirus crisis provisions where the place of abortion was the woman’s home”.

The Government subsequently agreed to a full inquiry. But, Minister for Women Victoria Atkins MP promised that the current temporary policy of allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions would continue “until [a] public consultation concludes and a decision has been made”.

Fiona Bruce told CNA: “It is to be hoped, and we need to ensure, that this review — consultation — will properly and fairly highlight safety concerns around the taking of ‘at-home abortion pills’ which have been highlighted in recent press reports.”

Legal challenge imminent

Later this month, on 28 or 29 July, the UK Court of Appeal will hear a challenge of the UK Government’s decision to allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.

Shortly after lockdown began, without public consultation or parliamentary scrutiny, the UK Government controversially announced a policy that would allow ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy meant women could obtain and administer medical abortion pills at home before they reach 9 weeks and 6 days gestation.

Prior to the change, women seeking a termination would have to visit a clinic for an assessment from a healthcare professional where they would undergo a routine ultrasound scan to assess gestational age.

Significant problems from the onset

Since ‘DIY’ home abortions were introduced on 30 March, a number of significant and real problems have arisen.

In May, it was revealed UK police were investigating the death of an unborn baby after its mother took ‘DIY’ home abortion pills while 28 weeks pregnant.

In addition, abortion provider BPAS announced that it was investigating a further eight cases of women taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills beyond the 10-week limit, raising questions over what checks are being conducted to ensure the law isn’t being broken and dangerous later-term abortions aren’t happening. 

A number of women have also come forward to share the serious problems they’ve experienced after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

One woman said she went through “hell” and thought she was going to die after taking the dangerous pills.

Another woman said the pain and physical process was “horrible” and “a lot worse than expected”.

‘A system that needs to be stopped immediately’

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said: “We’re simply asking, based on the BPAS disclosure to The Sun on May 22, that there were already eight cases where women were beyond the ten-week limit, and from our own study, how many more women have obtained and self-administered the abortion pills in breach of the regulations?

“We are for the women and we are trying to point out legitimate concerns about telemedicine services related to legal compliance, client safety, and quality of care. These women need better client-centred counselling and a face-to-face consultation in which they can be assessed by a service provider before giving their consent to this procedure. A rushed telephone call, by voice only, is not the quality of care which these women deserve.

“The system is wide open to abuse from abusers, pimps, and human traffickers.

“Abortion pills through the post is a system that needs to be stopped immediately and a thorough investigation needs to occur around the legality and practices of the two major abortion providers in the UK.”

More UK taxpayer funds for abortion giant Marie Stopes International

The UK Government will hand over even more taxpayer money to abortion giant Marie Stopes International, it has been revealed.

Despite receiving over £48 million from the UK taxpayer in 2018, the abortion provider will receive more taxpayer money because of its decision to furlough 9% of its total London support office workforce (23 staff).

Under the furlough scheme, the UK Government will cover up to 80% of a furloughed employee’s wages until the end of June at the earliest.

In the case of MSI, which will not be topping up the salaries of furloughed staff to 100% pay, this could cost the UK taxpayer an additional £230,000.

This figure, while significant, is just a small percentage of what MSI receives from the UK Government each year and is just a fraction of their Chief Executive’s salary.

The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) is the largest single donor to MSI, giving the international abortion provider a staggering £48,173,000 in 2018 – an increase of 5,000% since 2006 when they received a still sizeable £905,000.

Financial statements for the company, found in Companies House, reveal that DfID has given over £300 million worth of taxpayers’ money to MSI, since 2006, with over 75% of that total being given from 2014 – 2018 (more recent financial data is not yet public).

In 2018, DfID contributions to MSI accounted for over 16% of their entire £296,849,000 income. This figure represents a dramatic increase from 2006, where DfID provided 1.5% of MSI’s income for that year and makes the UK Government MSI’s single biggest donor.

The total financial contributions from DfID do not include any money the Government provides for Marie Stopes’ abortion provision in the UK.

This huge increase in DfID contributions came at the same time that MSI performed almost 5 million abortions globally and rewarded its chief executive Simon Cooke for doing so by doubling his salary to £434,500.

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

However, his impressive salary and bonus come off the back of a series of scandals in the past few years where inspectors have 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.

MSI says providing abortion is at the core of our mission and boasts of “shaping abortion policy” in several countries.Polling shows 65% of the British population are opposed to taxpayer’s money being used to fund abortions overseas.