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Marie Stopes “pressures young mothers into having abortions”

19 October 2016

Shannon Skinner with baby Amelia, who survived the first stage of a medical abortion: "I call her our miracle baby because we just don’t know how she survived. She must have really wanted to be here." Photo: John Lawrence.

The Daily Mail has published an article in which several mothers recount their experiences of being pressured into having an abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic.

Two of the mothers told the Daily Mail that their babies survived taking the first of the two pills used in a medical abortion. One, Sophie, told the reporter of the response when she told clinic staff that she didn't want to continue with the abortion.

"I explained that I felt trapped and pressured," she says. "I told the nurse I didn't want to take the second tablet. But she told me I was being a 'silly girl'; that as I had already taken one, my baby would be deformed.

Sophie managed to leave the clinic, and sought help from a pro-life group, who took her to a doctor who prescribed progesterone to counteract the effect of the abortion pill. They also helped her financially, and she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

The report comes as Marie Stopes begins to resume normal operations, after the Care Quality Commission (CQC), in August took the unusual step of halting the 250 abortions carried out each week nationwide at the organisation's clinics as a result of "specific immediate concerns" regarding consent, safeguarding, training and the competence of staff.

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  • Rita Joseph

    20 October 2016, 9:19pm

    The critical objection that should be made to David Ford's abortion bill on "fatal foetal abnormalities" is that the term is offensive. The human targets of this abortion bill are "children" with mothers and fathers--they are human beings with "fatal foetal abnormalities" and must be treated as human beings with respect and loving care --not with killing.

    An abortion deliberately intends to deliver a dead child. The deliberate killing of the child in her/his mother’s womb is not beneficial to the child or to her/his parents. The intentional killing of their child will do nothing to relieve the parent's real pain and suffering that comes with the natural death of their child --it only adds to that pain and suffering that they did not keep the child in the comfort and loving care of her/his mother's womb for as long as naturally possible.

    Even pro-abortion advocates like Professor Lachlan de Crespigny admit that the mother's womb is "the ideal intensive care unit" for the child detected to have disabilities. Unfortunately, de Crespigny uses the effectiveness of the ideal intensive care conditions of the mother’s womb for keeping the child with disabilities comfortable to argue illogically for the necessity to proactively attack and abort the child.

    We need to educate mothers, fathers, families and communities as to the real consequences of choosing to impose violent death on their little daughters or sons rather than to provide on-going benign care for her or him.

    Genuine health professionals always strive to heal and strive to ameliorate what is beyond healing.

    This means that when further treatment becomes futile, we do our utmost to allow these tiniest of children to die a natural death, surrounded by unwearied love, enduring respect and infinite tenderness.

    In human solidarity, we respond to any and every suffering patient with compassion and love—with life-affirming care, safeguards and protections—never with killing.

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    21 October 2016, 7:46pm

    A disturbing story about the Marie Stopes abortion clinics modus operandi, but missed appointments cost money for the abortion industry, whose only product is mountains of money for itself and misery for everyone else.

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