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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22576: Richard Lyle (Uddingston and Bellshill)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 5 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to carry out research into the physical and mental health impact associated with the ingestion of the abortion drug, misoprostol.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 3 May 2019

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian are undertaking research on women’s experiences of taking misoprostol at home and the effectiveness of early medical abortion at home. This research will be published in due course.

Misoprostol is a licenced drug, used for a number of purposes, including treatment of miscarriage and as part of abortion treatment. Its use in medical abortion is recommended by a wide range of expert bodies, including the World Health Organization and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. There is no evidence that misoprostol leads to any increased risks to either the physical or mental health of the patient compared to other forms of abortion treatment.