London, England, Aug 23, 2016 / 23:39 pm
British inspectors have barred some abortions at Marie Stopes International due to concerns about safety and informed consent for abortion.
Clara Watson, a spokeswoman for the Life charity that helps women in crisis pregnancies, said the move calls into question about the safety of the abortion providers’ clinics around the world.
“It is absolutely scandalous that Marie Stopes International, which likes to talk about women dying from unsafe abortions, is itself being rapped for exposing patients to potential harm,” Watson said, according to the Catholic Herald. “This is not the first time that Marie Stopes clinics have been in the news.”
In 2015, a doctor and two nurses were charged with manslaughter when a 32-year-old woman from Dublin died hours after undergoing an abortion at a west London Marie Stopes clinic in January 2012.
The England Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that its routine inspections of clinics prompted the concerns. It made unannounced inspections of Marie Stopes International’s corporate headquarters in England and then its call center, the U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports.
The commission said it raised concerns about the provider’s corporate and clinical governance arrangements and patient safety protocols.
It said that there were not adequate protocols to ensure girls under 18 and other vulnerable women could give informed consent, so Marie Stopes must stop performing abortions on these women. It has also suspended any abortions carried out under general anesthetic or sedation after 12 weeks into pregnancy.
The care commission’s action drew further response from pro-life advocates.