Marie Stopes International, one of the largest abortion chains in the world, has been the center of numerous scandals across the globe. Yet the United Kingdom has increased taxpayer funding to the abortion group has increased massively, according to Right to Life UK. In 2006, Marie Stopes received £905,000 (today, about $1.1M USD), and in 2018, that number had skyrocketed to £48,173,000 (about $59M USD) — a 5,000 percent increase.
“The majority of the great increase in the contributions of the Department for International Development to this global abortion provider has occurred under the auspices of a Conservative Government,” Right to Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said. “Polling has shown that 65% of the British population are opposed to taxpayer money being used to fund abortions overseas, yet every year since 2006 the British Government has given more and more money to MSI for this purpose.”
This massive amount comes solely from the Department for International Development, and doesn’t include any additional funding from other British government departments.
In recent years, Marie Stopes has come under scrutiny in the United Kingdom. One report from the United Kingdom’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that the abortion organization was attempting to coerce women into abortions, refusing to follow proper sterilization and infection control protocols, and throwing away bodies of babies they aborted.
One location was caught trying to coerce a woman with learning disabilities, who inspectors said was becoming “visibly distressed” and did not understand what was happening. The coercion was so extreme that inspectors had to step in and put an end to it. Abortionists were also caught bulk-signing consent forms without bothering to meet the patients or determine their circumstances.
A former patient came forward saying that Marie Stopes cared about nothing but making money. “I felt like they wanted me to have an abortion. The place was chock-a-block with people. It is all about money. They are not counselling people properly,” she said. “It was like a conveyor belt. Some (women) were really upset, they were crying but there was no support for them. It was one in, and literally five minutes later, another one in. They were doing it so quickly.”
She visited the facility seven times before ultimately deciding that she couldn’t go through with the abortion, only for staffers to tell her she had been “wasting their time.” She said, “I was ushered out of the door half-dressed and in tears.”
Things at Marie Stopes were so bad, they were temporarily banned from committing surgical abortions after officials said the staff was not adequately trained. In 2018, a patient died after being pushed into a taxi, despite vomiting and bleeding. The patient, Aisha Chithira, was hyperventilating, unable to stand, and complained of feeling hot, yet Marie Stopes staffers still sent her on her way into a taxi — a taxi in which Chithira died.
Despite these travesties, the United Kingdom has not only continued to fund Marie Stopes, but has exponentially increased the organization’s funding. Women deserve better.
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