Marie Stopes International (MSI) has opened five outlets in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu. Here the selective abortion of girls has led to a gender imbalance of up to 131 boys for every 100 girls.
The closeness of MSI’s relationship with the Chinese government was shown earlier this month when Li Bin, its population minister, visited the MSI offices in London and an abortion clinic in Bristol.
Plans are under way to set up three more MSI abortion clinics in China. Marie Stopes argues that its influence will help to change Chinese attitudes and promote the notion of women’s choice.
This is released just days after the first abortion ad from Marie Stopes aired in the UK. It seems that MSI is behaving exactly like any business would and expanding its efforts, in the name of “promoting women’s choice”… in China.
Marie Stopes carries out 65,000 abortions a year in Britain, most of them through NHS contracts for which it receives £30m a year. Surplus funds from the NHS work are channelled into the work of the international division.
Here is a link to their Chinese site. I don’t read mandarin, but the images are enough for me. I took special note of the smiling cartoon airplane flying overhead with its banner reading: “HAPPY!” That part, I could read.by