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Ethics – Marie Stopes

October 2016

Marie Stopes clinics have had surgical abortions suspended after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found significant safety breaches.

The CQC discovered there were problems surrounding the levels of training and competence in anaesthesia and sedation, issues of consent, and the instigation of this course of action by Marie Stopes.

In a statement, campaign group Right To Life welcomed the suspension and congratulated the CQC for its discovery. It said: ‘The CQC’s findings raise the question of how much the abortion industry really cares for the women to whom it provides abortions’.

This came following an investigation into a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, which in 2012 performed an abortion on a 32-year-old Irish woman called Aisha Chithira, a mother-of-one who died from a heart attack in a taxi, caused by extensive internal blood loss.

The statement added: ‘The fact our laws are commonly abused so as to enable abortion on demand is already well known, and this necessitates proper legal safeguards.

‘We now know the nature of abortion provision itself can be abusive, and this requires more oversight and regulation in the future, to prevent private providers from engaging in surgical operations that are unsafe for, or not consented to, by pregnant mothers’.

Peter D. Williams, executive officer for Right To Life, said: ‘Abortion is always destructive of the lives of unborn children, but when prosecuted as it has been by some abortionists, it can leave women scarred as well.

‘I hope this opens a real debate about the under-regulation of abortion in the UK; one that leads to a proper respect and application of the original intention of Parliament in 1967 and the welfare of women, and their unborn children, to be made paramount’.