DIY Abortion In Scotland! Are We Next?
The degenerate SNP regime wants to permanently legalise DIY baby murder past the current pandemic emergency measures. Can so-called Scottish nationalism get any lower?
RESTRICTIONS on abortions at home could soon be lifted permanently, with the Scottish Government looking to keep emergency changes made a result of the coronavirus beyond the pandemic
However, the move will likely spark a furious reaction from the church.
Early medical abortion, which can take place in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, involves taking two different types of medicine.
Before the lockdown was introduced, women in Scotland could already take the drug misoprostol at home, provided they had first taken the drug mifepristone in a clinic 24 to 48 hours beforehand.
However, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the previous chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, told the country’s NHS boards to allow women having an early medical abortion to take both abortion pills at home, following a consultation by phone or video.
Now the Scottish Government have opened a consultation on extending that policy for when “coronavirus is no longer a significant threat.”
Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said:“All women in Scotland should have access to clinically safe abortion services, within the limits of the law, should they require this.
“The current arrangements were put in place to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and ensure continued access to abortion services, without delays, during this pandemic.
“This consultation allows will allow us to gather as much evidence as possible to help inform future arrangements."
Jillian Merchant, from Abortion Rights Scotland, welcomed the consulation.
She said: “Covid-19 has forced Government and Politicians to realise that our abortion laws are no longer fit for purpose or in line with modern medicine,” she said.
“The introduction of telemedicine during the pandemic has been a vital service for women seeking an abortion during this time.
"Telemedicine on a permanent basis would prevent thousands of women making multiple unnecessary journeys to GPs and Hospitals in order to access abortion services.
“Telemedicine for early medical abortions is a safe and effective practice - already recommend by expert bodies – with no clinical reason why, after the necessary consultation, both abortion pills can be prescribed, delivered and taken at home”.
Earlier this year, Scotland’s bishops described the lifting of restrictions as “profoundly depressing”.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert said he found the decision “deeply troubling” and that it trivialised “what is an extremely serious and life-changing procedure” and claimed “vulnerable women in unsatisfactory domestic circumstances” were “particularly at risk”.
A similar policy change in England ended up in the courts, with the well-funded evangelical Christian Inistitute taking the UK Government to court.
However, they lost their legal challenge earlier this week.
They argued that the Government’s decision went beyond the powers available to it under the 1967 Abortion Act and claimed that allowing women to have terminations at home goes against the purpose of the Act, which was to prevent “backstreet” abortion
The group argued that the Abortion Act meant that a termination has to be carried out by a registered medical practitioner and in an “approved place” such as a medical setting to be lawful.
But Lady Justice Nicola Davies dismissed the appeal on Friday, saying the decision fell under the scope of the Act and its purpose was to “protect women’s health”.
Sitting with Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Phillips, the judge said that under the Act, the Health Secretary can “react to changes in medical science” to allow terminations in other settings.
She added: “That is exactly what happened in 2020, a decision was made in the context of a public health emergency arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The judge said there was evidence from health professionals that vulnerable women were turning to online providers outside the regulated healthcare system, “thereby breaking the law and losing the safeguarding and support inherent in the process provided by regulated services”.
She continued: “The purpose of the 2020 approval was to address a specific and acute medical need, in the context of a public health emergency, so as to ensure the continuance of the protection of the health of women in the context of the 1967 Act.”
The judge said the registered medical practitioner “remains in charge throughout the procedure, which has been altered to reflect the changing and challenging times” and said the changes were “time limited”.
Christian Concern has said it will take its case to the Supreme Court.