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SPUC: Marie Stopes "death factories" should be closed down after damning report

21 December 2016

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has condemned both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Marie Stopes International after inspectors uncovered a catalogue of dangerous and illegal practices at private abortion clinics.

And the pro-life group called for the Marie Stopes operation to be closed down in the wake of the damning revelations.

SPUC chief executive John Smeaton said:

"It is beyond comprehension that these state-sponsored death factories are allowed to remain open despite 2,600 failures being uncovered by inspectors - reportedly including doctors going home while women remained unsedated and foetuses thrown into bins instead of being cremated.

"It beggars belief that the Care Quality Commission has failed to take the ultimate sanction."

Mr Smeaton continued:

"The taxpayer is providing the vast majority of the income for these clinics.

"On a broader issue, it must be remembered that the law permits abortion only when there is a health risk to the mother meaning that continuing the pregnancy is more dangerous for her than an abortion. But the Department of Health and the CQC disregard the law and thousands of women are mis-certified for abortion.

"It is a matter of fact that 98% of abortions are certified on mental health grounds when the government's own evidence shows that there's no real risk to the woman's mental or physical health if she has the baby. In these circumstances, these abortions are illegal.

"If abortion agencies had the welfare of women truly at heart, they would ensure that the illegal practices that Marie Stopes and others follow are stopped.

Mr Smeaton added: "Pregnant women are suffering intolerably. The CQC is defending illegal government abortion policy which kills children and sometimes women too. Women are not being offered proper support when facing difficulties in pregnancy - simply being channelled into the abortion industry funded by the Department of Health.

"Voluntary sector groups like the pro-life organisations, churches and family support groups struggle to provide real practical help but the statutory providers offer pregnant women nothing but abortion. The departmental policy fuels abortion on an industrial scale - 550 abortions every day in Britain. Abortion is an inherently risky interference in the natural pregnancy process.

"Aisha Chithira, who died after a bungled abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, represents only the tip of the iceberg of women who are killed, injured or left with long term problems resulting from infection, extreme emotional distress or other factors. Jade Rees, who committed suicide 3 weeks after a 'legal' abortion last year, shows how dangerous abortion is to women from a mental health perspective."

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