04 January 2018, The Tablet

Pro-life group threatens legal action against Scots government

Pro-life campaigners have threatened legal action against the Scottish government in an attempt to block new rules allowing women to take abortion pills at home.

Scotland recently became the first part of the UK to permit women to take Misoprostol outside of a clinical setting.

Legal representatives of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in Scotland have sent a letter to Scotland’s chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, pointing out the change in practice runs counter to the 1967 Abortion Act that rules out home abortions.

The SNP-led Scottish government announced last October (the 50th anniversary of the Act), that Scottish women seeking an abortion would be allowed to take Misoprostol at home without direct supervision. SPUC Scotland has expressed concerns about potential physical, psychological and emotional repercussions, including endangerment to women’s lives.

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