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Scottish Government: Consultation on Future Arrangements for Early Medical Abortion at Home
Published: 25th November 2020
The Scottish Government is considering whether the current provision for early medical abortions at home, that were introduced during the first lockdown, should be made permanent even after there is no longer a significant risk of COVID-19 transmission.
We expressed concern that the absence of face to face consultations:
1) removes the physical examination that would confirm gestation dates. There is evidence that pregnancies that are well past eleven weeks and six days are being terminated at home, with increased safety risks a consequence
2) removes scanning that would reveal if a pregnancy is ectopic
3) removes a safe place for a woman under coercion to speak freely
4) allows impersonation - is the woman requesting abortion the same woman that will take the medicines?
5) removes an opportunity for reflection - time to consider options in a non-pressurising context.
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