Consultation on Future Arrangements for Early Medical Abortion at Home

Closes 5 Jan 2021

Opened 30 Sep 2020

Overview

We are seeking views on the future arrangements for early medical abortion at home across Scotland. The responses will help to inform the Scottish Government’s decision on whether the current arrangements should continue once there is no longer a significant risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

Why We Are Consulting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020 the Scottish Government put in place an approval allowing eligible women to take both pills required for an early medical abortion (mifepristone and misoprostol) in their own homes after a telephone or video consultation with a doctor or nurse, without the need to first attend a hospital or clinic for an in person appointment. This approval was put in place to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and ensure continued access to abortion services without delays.

Now that these new arrangements have been in place for six months, the Scottish Government is seeking views through this consultation on whether or not to make the current arrangements permanent, allowing for home use of both pills for early medical abortion for those women who are considered eligible in line with Scottish Abortion Care Providers (SACP) guidelines.

The Scottish Government recognises that there are a range of strongly held views on this issue, with many people welcoming the current arrangements, but others raising concerns about the physical or mental health risks of not seeing women in person. This is why we wish to consult on this issue to allow abortion providers and other health professionals, women who have accessed abortion services and the general public the opportunity to comment and submit evidence. 

Read the consultation paper.

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