"The Worst Day of My Life" - Woman Reveals Traumatic Experience at Marie Stopes (24 October 2013)



A young woman shared with us her traumatic experience of having an abortion at Marie Stopes, Cape Town last week (15 October):

“I was told be at Marie Stopes at 8:30am on the day of the abortion. I only got out at about 15:00. I waited until 13:00 for the doctors to arrive to perform the abortion. When the doctors finally arrived at 13:00, I heard them shouting at each other. One of the doctors was angry because the tools had not yet been sterilized. I had to then wait for another 45 minutes for the tools to be sterilized. What would have happened if those two doctors hadn't been there to check them? Would the nurses have proceeded with unsterilized equipment?

No Counselling

“At no point was I offered any counselling, comfort, or sympathy, by any of the staff. The alternatives to abortion were never given, and the possible physical and psychological after-effects of abortion were never explained at the pre-abortion appointment. What actually occurs in the procedure itself was never explained.


“The worst day of my life”

“It was the worst day of my life. Since this experience I have had to take heavy medication to relax me and calm me down. Marie Stopes’ advertising claims they offer safe abortions, with professional, caring nurses and doctors. In my opinion it is an abortion factory and calling themselves a non-profit organization is a total joke, as the receptionist doesn't even refer to women as patients, but as clients!”

Settled Out of Court

In another case that occurred at Marie Stopes in Cape Town, a woman alleged in her court papers that she had suffered huge trauma on coming round from her anaesthetic because the anaesthetist had left early and the nurses were unable to cope with an emergency situation. She further alleged that she had not received any counselling prior to the abortion. The case has now (in the last week) been settled out of court to the woman’s satisfaction.


“I cringe when I think of that day.”

Another woman who had an abortion at Marie Stopes in Pretoria complained of similar treatment. She reported, “I was sent home with pain tablets. A week later I was still bleeding. I then rushed back to the clinic. The doctor was not there and the nurse took it upon herself to do another procedure, this time without a sedative. I thought I was going to die from the pain. I remember shouting out from the pain and the nurse’s assistant put her hand over my mouth. She told me to shut up! I cringe when I think of that day.”


Botched Abortion

In September 2006, a woman was awarded R500 000 in damages by a Pretoria Court because of a botched abortion at Marie Stopes Pretoria which resulted in an emergency hysterectomy, and left her unable to bear any more children.

Report Abuse

Christian Action encourages women who have received similar inadequate medical attention, or abusive treatment by abortuary staff, to report their experiences to the Justice Alliance of South Africa(021 – 713 3259 or, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for possible legal action.


Illegal Abortions

In a video recorded by the Population Research Institute, at the Global Safe Abortion Conference in London 2007, Paul Cornellisson, Marie Stopes Programme Director for South Africa at the time, brazenly admitted that his organization “does illegal abortions all over the world” and therefore they should encourage and assist women in countries across South Africa’s borders to commute to Johannesburg to have abortions. (See the YouTube clip here).


Who was Marie Stopes?

Marie Stopes, (1880-1958) was, like Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, a prominent campaigner for eugenics policies that found their full expression in the Nazi mass euthanasia programmes before and during World War II.

In “Radiant Motherhood”, Stopes called for the “sterilization of those totally unfit for parenthood to be made…compulsory." In “The Control of Parenthood" she said that "utopia could be reached in my life time" if she had power to “legislate compulsory sterilization” of the “insane”, “feebleminded”, “revolutionaries” and “half-castes.” Following her death in 1958, a large part of Stopes' personal fortune went to the Eugenics Society.


One Dead and One Wounded

“Considering the fact that Marie Stopes’ staff are involved in killing hundreds of defenceless babies daily, it is no wonder that women have experienced such callous and cruel treatment there”, says Taryn Hodgson, International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network. “Abortion is never safe or pain free. It leaves one dead and one wounded.”

Women facing a crisis pregnancy can receive counselling to explore alternatives to abortion and receive practical support at one of the many Crisis Pregnancy Centres in most major cities in South Africa. Call Doctors for Life 24-Hour Counselling line: 078 879 7484.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

Christian Action Network members have been campaigning for the right to life of pre-born babies since 1991.

For further details contact Christian Action Network Co-ordinator, Taryn Hodgson: (021) 689 4480 or 072 215 4801 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa [email protected] - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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