Scotland has become the first part of the UK to allow women to take the abortion pill in their own homes. The Scottish government’s public health minister, Aileen Campbell, said: “Abortion can be an emotive subject. However, I am proud this government is working hard to ensure women are always able to access clinically safe services.”
Under current legislation, a woman must take the pills – issued with the consent of two doctors – inside a hospital or licensed clinic. In fact, a woman was required to attend the hospital to be provided with the first pill and then sent home. After, she was required to go back to the hospital to be administered the second pill and then sent back home again. It was all te tome the possibility for her to have abortion coming during public transport. The change will bring Scotland in line with the US, France and Sweden.
One abortion pill
Last December, a coalition of women’s rights organizations called on the Scottish government to scrap the legal requirement for two doctors to approve a termination. Quoting polling carried out in 2016 that found 75% of Scots supported a woman’s right to choose. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has been lobbying to change the law in the UK and welcomed the development.