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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17123: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-16367 by Aileen Campbell on 18 May 2018, in light of it being the practice for women who travel to England for these services, and to reduce the need for overnight stays in hospital, whether it will reconsider its position on whether women from Northern Ireland who receive same-day abortion services in Scotland can be given misoprostol to take at home the next day, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 21 June 2018

The Abortion Act 1967 (Place for Treatment for the Termination of Pregnancy)(Approval) 2017 permits women to take misoprostol at home where they are ordinarily resident in Scotland. Women resident in Northern Ireland can receive abortion services in Scotland free of charge, but in the case of medical abortion would need to take misoprostol in an abortion clinic or hospital. Abortion is unlawful in Northern Ireland, except in very limited circumstances.