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Protest against the ‘home abortion’ pill in Scotland is about judging women, not ensuring their safety

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Protest against the ‘home abortion’ pill in Scotland is about judging women, not ensuring their safety

February 28, 2018
Carrie Purcell

In October 2017, Scotland became the only part of the UK where women are given the choice to take abortion medication at home.

The decision by the Scottish government means women seeking “early abortion” in the first nine weeks of pregnancy can take the second of two necessary medications at home, rather than in an NHS outpatient clinic. Mifepristone and misoprostol have to be taken one to two days apart which, until now, saw women attending the clinic for two separate appointments.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/protest-against-the-home-abortion-pill-in-scotland-is-about-judging-women-not-ensuring-their-safety-91416

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Scottish Labour MSP withdraws invitation to US academic

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Scottish Labour MSP withdraws invitation to US academic
Prof Priscilla Coleman authored highly criticised study into link between abortion and anxiety

Libby Brooks
Fri 23 Feb 2018

A Scottish Labour MSP has withdrawn her invitation to speak at the Holyrood parliament from an academic who has linked abortion to mental health issues after fellow MSPs raised concerns about the event.

Elaine Smith, Scottish Labour’s spokesperson on poverty and inequality, invited colleagues to a meeting titled Abortion in Scotland: a solution or a problem? at which US professor Priscilla Coleman had been asked to speak. Coleman was the author of study that looked at the link between abortion and anxiety, mood and substance abuse disorders, which has been heavily criticised.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/23/scottish-labour-msp-withdraws-invitation-priscilla-coleman-abortion

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Scotland: Abortion pill is safe — and helping rates fall

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Abortion pill is safe — and helping rates fall
Allowing women to take misoprostol at home is compassionate and humane

Gillian Bowditch
February 4 2018, The Sunday Times

As I write this, I am waiting to hear if the operation a close relative is due to undergo next week will take place as scheduled. He’s been waiting for treatment since last summer.

The procedure has been cancelled twice this year despite the health board in question instigating a three-week planned stoppage of non-urgent operations over Christmas, ostensibly to prevent the need for further cancellations.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/abortion-pill-is-safe-and-helping-rates-fall-cf5gf2962

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Scotland: Anti-abortion campaigners challenge medication plans

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Anti-abortion campaigners challenge medication plans

Anti-abortion campaigners are launching a legal challenge against Scotland’s top doctor over plans to allow women to take medication to end pregnancies at home.

by Press Association
07/01/2018

John Deighan, chief executive of the Society of the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said it has instructed a legal team to prepare court papers calling for a judicial review of the decision.

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, confirmed in October she had written to all Scottish health boards indicating the drug misoprostol could be taken by women outside a clinical setting, under plans using powers available within the Abortion Act 1967.

continued at source: https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/anti-abortion-campaigners-challenge-medication-plans/

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Abortion campaigners urge Scottish Government to ‘strongly fight’ legal challenge to at-home terminations

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Abortion campaigners urge Scottish Government to 'strongly fight' legal challenge to at-home terminations
Helen McArdle, Health Correspondent
Dec 21, 2017

ALLOWING women to take the abortion pill at home is “perfectly safe” and would bring an end to the “horrendous experience” of women haemorrhaging as they travel home from clinics, campaigners have said.

In a letter in today’s Herald, a number of pro-choice groups, trade unions and politicians hit back at a legal challenge mounted against the Scottish Government’s plan to enable women up to nine weeks pregnant to take the drug misoprostol at home, and urged ministers to “strongly fight” the legal action.

Continued at source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/15787609.Campaigners_urge_ministers_to__strongly_fight__abortion_pill_legal_challenge/

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Scotland’s top doctor given three weeks to stop allowing abortion pills at home or face legal action

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Scotland's top doctor given three weeks to stop allowing abortion pills at home or face legal action

Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor
18 December 2017

Scotland’s most senior doctor has been given three weeks to stop allowing women to take the abortion pill at home or face legal action.

Lawyers acting for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland have written to Dr Catherine Calderwood, the country’s chief medical officer, with the ultimatum and given her until January 5 to comply.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/18/scotlands-top-doctor-given-three-weeks-stop-allowing-abortion/

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Scotland: Campaigners threaten legal action over ‘abortion pill’

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Campaigners threaten legal action over 'abortion pill'

17 December 2017

Anti-abortion campaigners claim they have "no alternative" but to mount a legal challenge if the Scottish government approves plans for women to take abortion medication at home.

The Society of the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC), said it had already sought legal advice.

It said it had been assured "a good chance of success".

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-42378048

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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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