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Ethics – Marie Stopes squalor

October 2017

Around eleven women have had to be taken to hospital from Marie Stopes abortion clinics over the past three months, it has emerged. Of these, one needed surgery to repair her cervix, two received blood transfusions and another had a bacterial infection.

Marie Stopes has already come under fire for a number of health and safety violations, discovered last year by the Care Quality Commission.

The abortion provider carries out 70,000 abortions a year, about a third of England’s total — a figure which itself is an indictment against the Abortion Act, which came into force in October 1967.

According to a report from The Times, another visit to Marie Stopes in February this year discovered more problems, such as surgeons failing to wash their hands between operations and no systematic process for tracking nurses’ performance.