Scottish women retain right to take abortion pills at home

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Scottish women retain right to take abortion pills at home
Anti-abortion challenge fails as Westminster urged to follow Holyrood’s example

Libby Brooks, Scotland correspondent
Wed 15 Aug 2018

The Scottish government’s decision to allow women to take the abortion pill in their own homes has been upheld following a legal challenge by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland.

Doctors welcomed the ruling by the court of session in Edinburgh as “a very significant step forward”, after the anti-abortion campaign group argued that the licensing of the drug misoprostol for home use was “unlawful” and a threat to women’s health and that of their unborn babies.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/15/scottish-women-retain-right-to-take-abortion-pills-at-home

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UK – Abortion pills are safe and simple

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Abortion pills are safe and simple
So why won’t the government let women in England take them at home?

Ann Furedi, Chief executive, BPAS
1 August 2018

The government may claim its health service has a commitment to evidence-based treatment, but it is shamefully blind to the evidence when it comes to abortion.

Britain was among the very first countries to allow early medical abortion in hospitals and clinics when it became available more than two decades ago. It now trails behind almost every other country in allowing women to use abortion pills in a sensible, safe and evidence-based way.

Continued: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/abortion-pills-are-safe-and-simple/21643

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UK – Women ‘illegally taking abortion pill at home’

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Women 'illegally taking abortion pill at home'

By Jean Mackenzie
Victoria Derbyshire programme
31 July 2018

Women are illegally taking abortion pills, which they have bought online, at home to avoid enduring abortions on public transport. In England, abortion pills must be administered in a clinic or hospital. For some this means the pill can take effect on their journey home.

Campaigners say women should be able to take the second pill at home, as buying pills online can be dangerous. The Department of Health said it was monitoring the evidence on home use.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45007707

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Scotland – Anti-abortion protests face crackdown by Holyrood

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Anti-abortion protests face crackdown by Holyrood

Mark McLaughlin
July 26 2018

Protesters outside Scottish abortion clinics are being monitored by police with a view to a possible crackdown.

Aileen Campbell, the public health minister, said that pro-life protests could be distressing for women and action may be required.

Some councils want “buffer zones” to keep demonstrators away from patients and staff after a surge in pro-life vigils.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-protests-face-crackdown-by-holyrood-038tcxsdg

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UK – 50 MPs Call For Women In England To Be Able To Take Abortion Pills At Home

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50 MPs Call For Women In England To Be Able To Take Abortion Pills At Home
Women can begin to miscarry on their way home from clinics, under current regulations.

By Nicola Slawson
July 16, 2018

MPs are calling on the new health and social care secretary to allow women in England to take the second pill required for an abortion at home.

In a letter, which has gained cross-party support from more than 50 MPs, Matt Hancock has been urged to remove the restriction, which requires women to take both drugs (mifepristone and misoprostol) at a licensed clinic or hospital.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/more-than-50-mps-urge-matt-hancock-to-let-women-in-england-take-abortion-pills-at-home_uk_5b4c6c91e4b0e7c958fd04be

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England ‘Out of Step on Home Abortion Pills’

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England 'Out of Step on Home Abortion Pills'

Nicky Broyd

July 10, 2018

An early medical abortion (EMA), involves taking two drugs (mifepristone and misoprostol) usually 24 to 48 hours apart.

In October 2017 the Scottish Government gave approval for the second drug, misoprostol, to be taken at home and Wales is following suit. Now England is being urged to do the same.

Continued: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/899098

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The murky truth about why women in England can’t have abortions at home

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The murky truth about why women in England can’t have abortions at home
The law that requires women to take the necessary pills in a clinic is a moral hangup based on anti-abortion hysteria

Zoe Williams
Tue 10 Jul 2018

The medical abortion – “the abortion pill” – sounds easier than it is. It happens in two stages: first, mifepristone, then, 24 to 48 hours later, misoprostol, which within a few hours will terminate the pregnancy. In the 90s, you went home in between, but you had to stay in the clinic for the duration of the second process, which was all a bit Handmaid’s Tale; the quasi-medical environment was very alienating, with its enforced solemnity and curtain-cubicles. There was not enough privacy if you were distressed and not enough chat if you were bored.

So, what came afterwards – women could take the second pill in a clinic, then go home – seemed like an improvement, except for the fact that you could miscarry on the way home. It always seemed necessary to ram home the indignities of this by reminding the world that you might be on public transport, the tacit understanding being that women deserve some peril, some inconvenience, in recognition of their dastardly act – but not on a bus. This was the wrong argument, in my view: it ought to have been possible to say: “I don’t want to be in transit at all, you idiots, I want to take the pill at home and then remain at home.”

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2018/jul/10/the-murky-truth-about-why-women-in-england-cant-have-abortions-at-home

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Former Aberdeen student reveals her agony at having an abortion in the back of a taxi – and she’s not the only one faced with this horrific ordeal

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ABORTION PILL HORROR Former Aberdeen student reveals her agony at having an abortion in the back of a taxi – and she’s not the only one faced with this horrific ordeal

Claudia, 23, had no choice but to go through an abortion in the back of a cab. -but she's not the only one

By Zoe Apostolides
10th July 2018

BENT double in the back of a cab with agonising cramps and feeling herself starting to bleed is not how Claudia expected her abortion to happen.

A student in her final year at Aberdeen University, Claudia, now 23, made the tough decision to terminate her pregnancy at seven weeks last year – but was forced to go through the trauma of starting to bleed on her way home from the hospital in the back of a stranger’s taxi.

Continued: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/fabulous/2911555/aberdeen-student-abortion-law-england-change/

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Fact check: Does one in every five pregnancies in England end in abortion?

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Fact check: Does one in every five pregnancies in England end in abortion?
Save the 8th makes claims about English abortion regime on posters

May 1, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Question

Does one in every five pregnancies in the UK end in an abortion?
Who is making the claim?

The Save the 8th campaign, which opposes the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, makes the claim on one of the group’s posters and in other campaign material. It states that, in England, 1 in 5 babies is aborted. The campaign uses the word “babies” as it considers that life begins at the moment of conception.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fact-check-does-one-in-every-five-pregnancies-in-england-end-in-abortion-1.3480584

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UK – Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public

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Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public
Wales announced plans to follow Scotland and allow women to take the second abortion pill at home - when will the rest of the UK join?

19/04/2018
By Rachel Moss

Beth Redmond, 25, from Merseyside, was in her first year of university when she became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. Miles from home, with no close friends and family nearby, she was forced to pay someone from her course, whom she barely knew, £20 to drive her the 45-minute journey to the abortion clinic, because her doctor had advised her against taking public transport.

As soon as Beth left the clinic her miscarriage symptoms began, she experienced pain and heavy bleeding. “It was like period pain but 10 times worse, and with the added anxiety of being in a near stranger’s car, for 45 minutes,” she tells HuffPost UK. “I crawled from the car to my room and stayed there for a couple of days.”

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/women-are-risking-miscarrying-in-public-because-at-home-abortion-pills-are-illegal_uk_5ad7059ce4b0e4d0715b7bf0

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