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Scottish Government’s fresh home abortion initiative is ‘deeply concerning,’ bishop says

The Bishop of Aberdeen has strongly criticised the Scottish Government's home abortion initiative in a letter to the health minister.

The Scottish Government has made the decision to allow women experiencing crisis pregnancies to have consultations via phone call and video chat, and has also made abortion pills available by post.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said the move was ‘deeply troubling’ and raised a series of other concerns.

He said the April 2019 NICE Draft Guidelines which refer to complications and a risk of severe bleeding, further surgery and sepsis, are being ignored.

Coercion

The bishop also fears that there is no way of telling whether a woman has been forced into taking abortion pills, should her consultation take place over the phone or by video chat.

He added that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in domestic abuse, meaning that coercive abortion is a serious concern.

He also asked the health secretary if women are ‘receiving information on all available options including details of organisations which can offer support to both the mother and the baby?’

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