Life & SPUC Petition delivered for Marie Stopes International to be stripped of its licence

A petition signed by thousands of people has been delivered to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling on him to strip Marie Stopes International (MSI) of its abortion licence in the wake of scandalous practices. 

Over 16,000 people have backed the call after media investigations revealed that MSI – the country’s second largest abortion provider – has been approving thousands of abortions without meeting women, with some discussions of the reason for the abortion lasting as little as 22 seconds.

Dangerous and illegal practices

The petition was launched in the wake of a damning report by the Care Quality Commission, which uncovered a catalogue of dangerous and illegal practices, and was a joint initiative between SPUC and Life.

Delivering the petition to Mr Hunt’s office in Whitehall today, Antonia Tully, SPUC’s director of campaigns, said: “Marie Stopes International has been exposed for behaving shamefully in breach of the law. Mr Hunt has a duty to act to uphold the law and this petition demonstrates the strength of feeling in the court of public opinion. It is about time the Health Secretary referred these scandalous matters to the prosecuting authorities to allow the criminal courts to become involved too.

We care about women

“The pro-abortion lobby is pushing for decriminalisation of abortion in Britain and in Northern Ireland because they don’t care about the impact of abortion on women or refuse to look at what that impact is. We care that women who have an abortion experience mental health problems 30% more often compared with women who give birth. It matters to us that a study has shown that the risk of suicide is approximately six times greater after an abortion than after childbirth.”

Stop MSI carrying out abortions

Life chief executive, Stephen Sharpe, said: “In December last year, the Care Quality Commission uncovered a catalogue of dangerous and illegal practices at Marie Stopes International private abortion clinics. In view of such appalling treatment of women, not to mention their continuing callous disregard for unborn children, we are calling on the Secretary of State for Health to withdraw from Marie Stopes International (MSI) the licence to carry out abortions.”


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6 people are talking about Life & SPUC Petition delivered for Marie Stopes International to be stripped of its licence

  1. David Tomkins says:

    Well done LIFE and SPUC.
    Love and prayers.

  2. Peter Hearn says:

    Re statistics above - in my rather limited experience, it would appear that a certain number of women become alcoholics after having an abortion and with no emotional support to cope with what is sometimes a secret they do not want to divulge

  3. Jessica Chesterton says:

    Yes strip MSI of its licence as soon as possible The sooner the better Strip all abortion providers of their licence Abortion is murder

  4. Jessica Chesterton says:

    Every one has their conception right especially to live It should be agnolaged

  5. Christine Wall says:

    Good to see that this petition has been delivered. I campaigned among my church congregation and other prolife supporters to get as many signatures as I could, so now await Jeremy Hunt's response.

  6. Christine Woodfield says:

    Good to see this petition. Supporters of the abortion act said it would protect women from the dangers of back street abortions but it looks as if they need protecting from Marie Stopes clinics.

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