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Three charged with manslaughter for African woman’s death during botched abortion in Ireland

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June 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A UK abortionist and two nurses have been charged with manslaughter in the death of an African woman living in Ireland, who obtained an abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic in London.

Dr. Adedayo Adedeji, 62, Gemma Pullen, 31, and Margaret Miller, 54, are accused of gross negligence and "failing to take reasonable care of other persons who may be affected by acts or omissions at work." The trio has been ordered to appear before a magistrates’ court on June 19 to face the charges.

While the investigation into the 32-year-old woman's death has now resulted in charges being pressed, the story began three years ago when the unnamed woman bled to death in a taxi after being discharged from the abortion clinic.

The woman, who was living in Ireland on a student visa, was reportedly brought to Wrexham Park hospital in Slough in January 2012, but was pronounced dead on arrival due to cardiac arrest caused by blood loss.

“This woman died following a so-called ‘safe, legal’ abortion carried out in a licensed abortion clinic run by Marie Stopes International, which also provides referral services in Ireland,” Niamh Ui Bhriain of Ireland’s Life Institute said in 2013 when the death came to light.

Stressing that the incident highlighted the threat to women of the “safe,” legal abortion industry, “which kills children and exploits women for profit,” Ui Bhriain stated that, “the Irish media must now call abortion providers to account rather than allowing them to distract from this woman’s death by pretending that abortion clinics in Ireland are the solution.”

Ui Bhriain told LifeSiteNews at the time that it was clear the story of the woman's death was being used as a springboard by abortion campaigners to push the government’s abortion bill. “But the immediate focus for the Irish media should be on why this woman has died.”

She said that a previous incident where an Irish woman had almost lost her life in an abortion facility in Britain had gone almost unreported in the Irish media.

“This is a Marie Stopes facility in Britain,” Ui Bhriain said. “Well, an Irish woman almost died in a Marie Stopes in London in 2006, and the only reason we heard anything about it was that the doctor was struck off.”

The Irish pro-life organization Pro Life Campaign is questioning why there has not been an outcry over this woman's death from a botched abortion, as there was over the death of Irish resident Savita Halappanavar, who died from sepsis rather than from the widely reported but false assumption that she died from not being given an abortion in Ireland.

"It’s very revealing the way members of the government have fallen silent over this latest Marie Stopes scandal,” Cora Sherlock, deputy chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign, said.

Sherlock said the lack of government response to the abortion death reveals the “colossal double standards at the heart of the abortion debate in Ireland.”

She stated that, “the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar was misused, massively and continuously, by certain politicians and journalists to get abortion legislation over the line in 2013.” Yet the facts of the case “showed the real cause of the tragedy in Galway was mismanaged sepsis, not the non-availability of abortion in Ireland at the time."

“In the latest tragedy to come to light," Sherlock said, "a woman died as a direct result of the treatment she received when undergoing an abortion. But where is the political concern on this occasion from pro-choice politicians? Why the selective outrage?”

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Sherlock concluded, “It’s very obvious that some politicians and members of the media are prepared to go to almost any lengths to avoid showing abortion in a poor light.” This is a "very one-sided presentation of the abortion issue, which in the interests of women and their unborn babies, must be challenged."

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