Revealed: Hundreds of botched abortions at Marie Stopes clinics

More than 350 botched abortions were carried out at Marie Stopes clinics in a period of just eight weeks, according to a health watchdog.

A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 373 of the abortions that took place between the months of January and February this year resulted in serious complications.

The CQC also found that eleven women required a hospital transfer after visiting Marie Stopes International (MSI) facilities.

Serious incidents

Surgical staff at the abortion giant were criticised for failing to wash their hands between procedures, and other employees were found to be inadequately trained.

The CQC made eight demands for immediate improvement and said it will be taking “further enforcement action, monitoring Marie Stopes International closely and reviewing its progress”.

The 55-page report follows an inspection of MSI facilities last year which found evidence of thousands of serious incidents.


On Saturday, Dr Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said it is “disgraceful” that Marie Stopes – which performs 70,000 abortions a year – “has continued to fail to meet basic standards of care”.

Cross-bench Peer Lord Alton also hit out saying: “As this is the second time MSI have been brought to book for failing, the Government should cease giving them taxpayers’ money.”

A petition calling for MSI to be stripped of its licence, signed by over 16,000 people, has been delivered to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Previous report

Last year, an investigation by the CQC found evidence of more than 2,600 serious incidents at Marie Stopes clinics in 2015.

In one harrowing case, a woman with learning difficulties was said to have had her child aborted without understanding the procedure or its outcome.

She visited a clinic alone and became distressed just before the procedure began. Doctors are said to have gone ahead with it anyway and dealt with her “insensitively”.

Profits over people

One clinic was reported to have dumped foetal remains from successive abortions in an open waste bin.

And doctors in a Norwich facility were found to have ‘bulk signed’ up to 60 certification forms at a time.

Commenting on the findings at the time, pro-life MP Robert Flello said: “Women are being railroaded through an industry which gets paid for as many abortions as it can perform.”

Responding to the most recent report, Marie Stopes claimed it has made “significant progress”.