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Regulator Says UK Abortion Provider Paid Staff Bonuses to Encourage Terminations, Harassed Mothers

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The Care Quality Commission has accused Marie Stopes, Britain’s second-largest abortion provider, of paying staff bonuses to encourage terminations and harassing mothers who change their minds to accept a new appointment.

The CQC, the independent regulator for health and adult social care in England, levelled the accusations against Marie Stopes in a damning report, reports the Catholic Herald.

Staff at a clinic in Maidstone, Kent likened their workplace to a “cattle market”, and told the CQC they were “concerned that ‘Did Not Proceed’, the term used when women decided not to proceed with treatment, was measured as a KPI (key performance indicator) and linked to their performance bonus.”

The regulator said staff “felt that this encouraged [them] to ensure that patients underwent procedures.”

The CQC also found evidence of a “company-wide focus on DNPs” — Did Not Proceeds — with mothers who changed their minds about their terminations but were still under five and a half weeks pregnant being harassed with phone calls offering another appointment.

Clara Campbell, an officer at the charity Life, said the findings exposed “the true income-seeking nature of the abortion industry”.

She added: “A conveyer-belt culture has pervaded the industry for many years and Marie Stopes International is a good example of this.

“The abortion industry likes to parrot a narrative of looking after the interests of women but when it ends up placing their health and safety at risk in the pursuit of money, it becomes incumbent on the Government to act to protect women.”

“It is shocking to hear that, at what is often such a difficult and stressful moment, abortion clinics are taking advantage of pregnant women by seeking to do as many abortions as they can, rather than seeking to give genuine, non-directional counselling and advice,” commented Conservative Fiona Bruce MP, who chairs the All-Party Pro-Life Group in Parliament.

“This completely undermines the legitimacy of these publicly funded organisations, and must be investigated.”

Marie Stopes, which sees some 70,000 women a year, flatly denied the Care Quality Commission’s accusations, calling them “categorically untrue” — but the abortion provider was subject to a partial shutdown by the regulator in 2016 after previous inspections raised “serious concerns” about limited clinical oversight and poor risk management, among other issues.

The abortion lobby is extremely powerful in the United Kingdom, with many key medical institutions pushing for its extension beyond the current legal limit of 24 weeks.

For example, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Cathy Warwick is also the chairman of the so-called British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) — the country’s single-largest abortion provider.

Warwick signed the RCM up to a BPAS-led campaign to legalise abortion up to birth — without consulting members — in 2016. She has also argued forcefully that abortion is part of a midwife’s calling, and said that in her view there are no circumstances in which an abortion is wrong. (Midwives could not play the “main role” in National Health Service abortions before 2014.)

Pro-abortionists appear to be enjoying a similar ascendance in the British Medical Association (BMA), passing a motion in favour of decriminalising abortions up to 28 weeks in June 2017.

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