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UK’s second-largest late-term abortion clinic ‘The Lodge’ closes

The second-largest late-term abortion centre in the UK, which has performed over 1,200 abortions on unborn children at 20 weeks or over  in the last three years, has closed.

This abortion centre, situated in Streatham, South London and also known as ‘The Lodge’, has performed 13,114 abortions between 2017 and 2019, including 2,235 abortions of unborn babies between 13 and 19 weeks’ gestation, as well as 1,297 abortions at 20 weeks’ gestation or over. 

Aerial footage from the estate agency that is selling the property shows the ‘Victorian Mansion House’ where tens of thousands of abortions have been peformed on unborn children over the past couple of decades.

Controversy at Streatham abortion centre

The closure comes in the aftermath of a series of controversies and scandals at the clinic. In 2019, a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found 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.

‘Treated like an animal’

Those who have attended the clinic have 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”.

A pro-life group has been present outside the Streatham clinic for over 25 years offering those entering The Lodge an alternative to abortion. This has been part of a larger pro-life presence outside abortion centres in the South London borough of Lambeth, including a 40 Days for Life vigil that has operated outside the UK’s largest abortion centre, MSI Reproductive Choices (formerly Marie Stopes) South London, in Brixton. The Brixton centre (Raleigh Gardens) performed 7,481 abortions in 2019.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “The closure of an abortion clinic, somewhere that ends large numbers of innocent lives, can only be a good thing. As we have seen so consistently with the abortion industry, expanding access to abortion appears to be their one and only concern. The provision and promotion of DIY abortions, despite their demonstrable dangerousness for women as well as the poor standards maintained in the clinic in Streatham, 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 last 25 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 London.”

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Dear reader,

Thanks to the support of people like you, on Monday 5 July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Police , Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this major defeat is not the end for our opposition.

The abortion lobby has already been successful at using the Coronavirus crisis to temporarily introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy has not only accompanied a large increase in the number of lives ended by abortion but has also been linked to a number of serious incidents where women’s lives have been put at risk while performing their abortion at home.

Our opposition is now eager to see more widespread changes to legislation enacted and we are currently facing major threats on three fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  2. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  3. The assisted suicide lobby has brought foward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch these extreme anti-life changes become a reality.

As you can see, while we have won our most recent battle, we continue to be facing a very large challenge on life issues in the UK over the next couple of months – and we will be facing this across multiple fronts.

We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will go towards saving the lives of the unborn and many others.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

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