Anti-abortion protests face crackdown by Holyrood
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.
This Is Why Women In England Can't Take Abortion Pills At Home
In England it is illegal to take abortion pills at home. This has nothing to do with clinical advice and everything to do with politics, say experts.
by Vicky Spratt
18 04 2018
Across the United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland) abortion has been legal since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force. However, many experts argue that it’s still not as accessible as it could be.
When Sarah (not her real name) was 16 she accidentally became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. At the time, she was living in a commuter belt town where South London meets the Surrey Hills. She recalls how her GP referred her to a London clinic for a medical abortion (which involves taking pills as opposed to undergoing a surgical procedure).
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
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
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