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SPUC lambasts Government over abortion policy ‘U-turn’

The Government faces the prospect of a courtroom challenge following a policy ‘U-turn’ on abortions at home, SPUC has warned.

The Government has extended its policy on home abortions due to the coronavirus outbreak, to which the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children have lambasted as ‘shambolic and rudderless.’

John Deighan, CEO of SPUC Scotland, said: “In light of the confirmation that the government has changed the policy on abortion to allow both abortion pills to be used at home, SPUC has instructed its legal team to examine the new proposals with a view to instigating judicial review proceedings against the policy.”

He added: “It is our understanding that such a policy is beyond the scope of the Abortion Act. However, we will closely examine the policy and take appropriate action based on the best legal advice.”


A debate on the topic took place on March 23 regarding the use of abortion pills in the home.

On that evening, there was briefly a formal policy that legalised the home abortions. An official letter, published by the Department of Health, classed the home of a doctor as a place where abortion could be prescribed and a woman’s home as the place where the abortion could take place.

Later that evening, the letter was removed as the website stated it was ‘published in error, there will be no changes to abortion regulations.’


Since its removal, pro-abortion activists have asked that the policy is reinstalled, which the health secretary has agreed to, though previously stated in parliament there would be no change in the law.

On March 30, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson revealed that guidance had been updated and women would be permitted to use abortion pills without visiting a clinic.

Mr Deighan said ‘we are witnessing’ a ‘shambolic and rudderless Government which has made no less than three contradictory statements in a matter of days.’


He added: “Let it be crystal clear: any medical professional must act in compliance of the law. SPUC is therefore contesting home abortion all use which heightens physical and psychological dangers for women, and as trivialising the taking of human life by abortion.

“It is unbecoming of the pro-abortion groups to take advantage of our current crisis to pressure the government and threaten further strain on our NHS resources.

“The evidence that abortion pills raise the level of complications for women is clear. Our health service does not need the pressure of dealing with emergencies arising from women self-aborting at home.”

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