Date lodged: 9 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what gestational time limits are in place in each NHS board for the in-area provision of terminations of pregnancy under different grounds in the Abortion Act 1967, and whether it will publish this information to provide women with accurate information regarding their local healthcare provision.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 12 February 2018
This information is available on the Sexual Health Scotland website at http://www.sexualhealthscotland.co.uk/pregnancy/abortion via a link under the section entitled 'Where can abortions take place?'.
All NHS Boards will ensure that women are referred to another provider for their termination if the gestation of their pregnancy exceeds these limits, up to the maximum gestation of 24 weeks. Terminations of pregnancy carried out under Ground E - in other words where, in accordance with the Abortion Act 1967, 'there is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped' - may be carried out at later gestations.