A devastating report emerged before Christmas from the Care Quality Commission following inspections of Marie Stopes International (MSI) abortion clinics across the country. MSI is the giant of the abortion industry worldwide, providing a third of Britain’s 200,000 or so abortions each year.

Among an extensive catalogue of failings, the CQC reported that in two MSI centres, clinicians were signing piles of permission slips for abortions – between 30 and 60 at a time – despite the fact that inspectors “were not assured clinicians had access to all patient information”.

The CQC also highlighted a failure to adhere to basic standards, noting that nearly one fifth of staff were not up to date with safeguarding training and there was poor monitoring and risk management regarding whether patients had given informed consent.

One of the most disturbing discoveries involved a woman with learning difficulties procuring an abortion although it was not clear she could properly comprehend what she was consenting to. On top of this, the CQC observed that her situation “was poorly and insensitively handled by doctors.”

The damning report marks a significant change. Pro-life politicians and lobbyists have long voiced their frustrations with a legal and medical establishment that seems to look the other way when wrongdoing is exposed in the abortion industry.

For example, following an eye-opening piece of investigative journalism into the practice of sex-selective abortion in Britain, Keir Starmer, then director of public prosecutions, said it would not be in the public interest to prosecute the two doctors involved. When Fiona Bruce subsequently attempted to amend the law so that it was beyond doubt that sex-selective abortion was illegal in the UK, MPs, along with women’s charities and lobbyists, lined up to oppose a move which might have saved the lives of baby girls.

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