UK: Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics

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Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics
Kat Lay Health Correspondent

November 23 2017

Abortion in the UK should be fully decriminalised, a group of medical professionals will say today in a landmark move.

The country faces a “crisis point in abortion provision” and reform of the law is needed, the president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, which represents 16,000 GPs, specialists, nurses and midwives, will warn.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/remove-risk-of-jail-for-having-an-abortion-demand-16-000-medics-fkvgnnl2x

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Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

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Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

6 November 2017
Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland.

Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman's health is at risk.

That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations.

New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in Scotland come into force on Monday.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41879520

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Free abortion offer for Northern Ireland women

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Free abortion offer for Northern Ireland women
Helen Puttick, Scottish Health Correspondent

November 1 2017, The Times

Women from Northern Ireland will be able to have abortions in Scotland free of charge from next week after an attempt to block the move in Holyrood was dropped.

Pregnancy terminations are allowed in Northern Ireland only if the mother’s life is in danger or there is a serious risk to her physical or mental health.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/free-abortion-offer-for-ulster-women-78s7jmsw0

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Scotland: Abortion services can handle treatment plan for N Ireland patients, MSPs told

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Abortion services can handle treatment plan for N Ireland patients, MSPs told

October 31 2017

Abortion services will be able to treat women from Northern Ireland without a detrimental impact on patients in Scotland, MSPs have been told.

Public health minister Aileen Campbell said she was confident services had the capacity to cope with a change that will allow Scottish NHS boards to offer free abortion services to Northern Irish women.

The Scottish G overnment estimates that between 20 and 150 women will travel to Scotland each year from Northern Ireland to access abortion services, at a cost of between £17,000 and £98,000.

Continued at source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/abortion-services-can-handle-treatment-plan-for-n-ireland-patients-msps-told-36277245.html

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Scotland becomes first UK nation to approve home-based medical abortion

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Scotland becomes first UK nation to approve home-based medical abortion
The Pharmaceutical Journal
30 OCT 2017

Scotland has become the first nation in the UK to allow women to complete medical abortion procedures at home.

Medical abortions are induced by a combination of two medicines: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone, which blocks the action of progesterone and triggers uterine contractions, is taken first. This is followed by misoprostol, which triggers further uterine contractions and completes the abortion process.

Continued at source: http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/news-in-brief/scotland-becomes-first-uk-nation-to-approve-home-based-medical-abortion/20203818.article

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Scotland: Home abortion pills permission from government could be challenged in courts

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Home abortion pills permission from government could be challenged in courts
Sun 29 Oct 2017
By Eno Adeogun

The Scottish Government could face a legal challenge over its controversial decision to allow women to take abortion pills at home.

While pro-choice campaigners welcomed the move, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland fiercely opposed the policy change and is reportedly consulting lawyers.

Continued at source: https://www.premier.org.uk/News/Home-abortion-pills-permission-from-government-could-be-challenged-in-courts

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UK: Top obstetrician supports women taking abortion pills at home

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Top obstetrician supports women taking abortion pills at home
Prof Lesley Regan says taking misoprostol at home allows for safer care than making women travel to clinics

Press Association
Friday 27 October 2017 17.02 BST

One of the UK’s top gynaecologists has said the decision to allow women in Scotland to take abortion pills at home is “admirable” and she hopes there will be support for the move in England.

Prof Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said it was another step in making it easier for women to access safe care.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/27/top-obstetrician-supports-women-taking-abortion-pills-at-home

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Scotland: Anti-abortion campaigners ‘horrified’ by abortion policy change

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Anti-abortion campaigners 'horrified' by abortion policy change

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Anti-abortion campaigners say the Scottish Government's plans to allow women to take the abortion pill at home are 'horrifying'.

Scotland's Chief Medical Officer has written to health boards to say the second of two medicines can be taken outside a clinical setting.

Continued at source: https://www.kingdomfm.co.uk/news/local-news/anti-abortion-campaigners-horrified-by-abortion-policy-change/

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UK: Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis

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Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis
The NHS has been outsourcing the procedure and failing to train specialist staff. Now hundreds of women can’t get an abortion, putting their lives at risk

Tim Friend
Tuesday 24 October 2017

Half a century after abortion was made legal in England, Scotland and Wales, outsourcing of NHS services and a subsequent lack of specialist doctors mean that hundreds of women each year are prevented from having an abortion, sometimes seriously threatening their health, according to leading medics.

“The system is broken. It’s in crisis. Not fit for purpose,” says professor Lesley Regan, the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/24/women-abortion-rights-service-crisis-nhs-no-specialist-doctors

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UK: Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

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Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

October 16, 2017
Carrie Purcell

One in three women in the UK will have an abortion in her lifetime. But despite being a common medical procedure, abortion – which was partially legalised 50 years ago this month – continues to be stigmatised in the media and elsewhere in many different ways, meaning it is rarely talked about.

One abortion may be viewed as a reasonable “get out of jail free” card; having more than one abortion is often presented as beyond the pale. A woman might be able to decide she cannot continue with a pregnancy once, but to do so more than once speaks of her irresponsibility, fecklessness and failure to use contraception.

Continued at source: https://theconversation.com/attitudes-to-women-who-have-more-than-one-abortion-need-to-change-85707

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