Australia’s largest abortion provider announced the closure of another clinic in Newcastle, a city in the Australian state of New South Wales. It had already closed three clinics in other cities in the country because, it said, “they are no longer economically viable.” According to Life News, an estimated 5,000 unborn lives could be saved from being killed with the closures. 

In August, the abortion organization Marie Stopes Australia closed its Queensland clinics, located in Townsville, Rockhampton, Southport. The four clinics, including Newcastle, employed more than 40 people and served approximately 5,000 patients a year. 

The Newcastle Herald said the Newcastle Clinic had gathered signatures on a petition to support lobbying the state government to provide a grant so that the clinic could continue to perform abortions.

Jamal Hakim, the managing director of Marie Stopes Australia, described the closures as “a really difficult decision,” and said that the stigma of abortion had also led to difficulties finding a workforce.

Hakim also said the organization will now focus on expanding its “DIY” medical abortion program, i.e., through abortifacient drugs self-administered at home. 

In 2020, abortion was again the number one cause of death globally, with 42.7 million human beings killed before birth, according to the statistics organization Worldometer, which relied on abortion data published by the World Health Organization.

As reported by The BL in a previous article, the chilling figure reveals that more human beings died from abortion than the sum of deaths from cancer, malaria, AIDS, tobacco-related diseases, alcohol, and traffic accidents.

Controversial background of abortionist Marie Stopes

Rachel Wong, CEO of Women’s Forum Australia, said in 2010 that Marie Stopes International partnered with Dr. Mark Schulberg at his Melbourne clinic shortly after more than 40 women got infected with hepatitis C at the doctor’s clinic. 

Schulberg was also involved in an offense in 2009. He was convicted for failing to obtain legal consent to perform a late-term abortion on a woman with an intellectual disability.

Following the association, two serious events came to light. One woman died due to a late-term abortion performed by Schulberg, and another was sent to hospital in critical condition. 

For these events and for prescribing addictive drugs to patients, Schulberg was removed from the medical register in 2013.

In 2017, the UK’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) accused Marie Stopes International (now MSI Reproductive Choices) of paying staff money to persuade women to have abortions.

At Marie Stopes’ 70 clinics, evidence was found of a policy in which staff used a high-pressure sales tactic, calling women who had decided not to have an abortion to offer them another appointment, Life News reported.

A Brief History of the Founder of Britain’s First Abortion Clinic

Marie Stopes was a British scientist and writer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Oct. 15, 1880.

She opened Britain’s first birth control clinic and was a member of the Eugenics Society. 

Marie Stopes advocated publicly, and in her writings, for the involuntary sterilization of various groups she considered unfit for parenthood, including people with disabilities, addicts, “subversives,” criminals, and people of mixed ethnicity.

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