Abortion Rights Blog

The national pro-choice campaign


26 October 2017

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s decision to allow women in Scotland to take abortion pill at home.

Jillian Merchant, Vice Chair of Abortion Rights said:

“We welcome the decision of the Scottish Government to make abortion pills available for home administration. This is a progressive move and one which is in line with modern medicine.
“This will remove the current rigmarole of a woman requiring to attend the Hospital to be provided with the first pill and then sent home. Only to require to go back to the Hospital to be administered the second pill and then sent back home again.

“It will end the horrendous experience of abortions commencing on public transport due to outdated legislation which takes no account of medical advances or the reality of women’s lives.
“This flexibility will benefit women who struggle to access services for a range of reasons such as domestic abuse, work and childcare arrangements.
“It will also be of benefit to rural women who struggle geographically and financially to access licenced clinics

.“This change brings the law in line with the United States, France and Sweden who allow women to take abortion pills at home.


Notes to the Editor:
1. Media contact for comment and interviews Jillian Merchant arcscotlandonline@gmail.com
2. A recent study by Purcell et al, looked at women’s experiences of self-management of first trimester terminations. http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/140042/1/140042.pdf
3. More than 75% of Scots are in favour of supporting abortion. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/family-relationships/scots-back-womens-right-choose-6154265
4. Abortion Rights has a Scottish Committee and local groups around Scotland. http://www.abortionrights.org.uk/category/local-groups/abortion-rights-committee-scotland                    5. Abortion Rights (AR) is the UK’s national campaign for a woman’s right to choose www.abortionrights.org.uk