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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22577: Richard Lyle (Uddingston and Bellshill)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 5 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many women, following self-administration of misoprostol have, (a) had a haemorrhage, (b) had a blood transfusion, (c) been referred to a mental health practitioner and (d) died since its decision to allow the drug to be self-administered.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 3 May 2019

No women in Scotland have died due to self-administering misoprostol as part of abortion treatment following the decision to allow misoprostol to be taken in a woman’s home.

The Scottish Government does not hold information on the number of women who have had a haemorrhage, had a blood transfusion or been referred to a mental health practitioner following self-administration of misoprostol.

The Scottish Ministers’ approval of October 2017 does not relate to self-administration of misoprostol as it only relates to permitting a woman’s home as a class of place where misoprostol can be taken as part of treatment for termination of pregnancy. Most patients already chose to self-administer misoprostol tablets prior to the approval.