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Only 17% of respondents to consultation want ‘DIY’ home abortions in Scotland

This morning the results of the Scottish Government’s consultation on whether to allow ‘DIY’ home abortions permanently were published, showing that only 17% of submissions supported making ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently in Scotland.

61% of those who responded expressed support for the temporary ‘DIY’ home abortion services being ended. 21% submitted other suggestions for how to proceed, which they provided in a free-text response box. An analysis of these responses by Right To Life UK showed that the vast majority of the free-text ‘other’ responses wanted to either end ‘DIY’ abortion services or introduce more restrictions to abortion services in Scotland.

Furthermore, 74% of respondents outlined that they felt ‘DIY’ home abortion services are having a negative impact on the safety of women accessing abortion services.

Strong public opposition

This strong public opposition to making ‘DIY’ home abortion permanent is also reflected in polling undertaken by Savanta ComRes that shows the overwhelming majority of the general Scottish public, especially women, are concerned about the safety, quality and legal issues arising from ‘DIY’ home abortion.

Over 600 medical professionals have signed an open letter to the Scottish, Welsh and English Governments calling for an end to ‘at-home’ abortion due to concerns that it has led to a number of abortions occurring over the ten-week limit and that it fails to protect women and girls from being coerced into an abortion against their will.

Significant problems have arisen

Abortion statistics released by Public Health Scotland show that the number of abortions carried out in Scotland reached the second-highest number on record in 2020.

This significant rise in abortions has accompanied the Scottish Government introducing the temporary measure in March 2020 allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in Scotland. 

Since ‘DIY’ home abortions were introduced, a number of significant problems have arisen. 

According to a leaked “urgent email” sent by a regional chief midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement on the “escalating risks” of ‘DIY’ home abortions, several women attended Emergency Departments for incidents including significant pain and bleeding, ruptured ectopics, and resuscitation for major haemorrhage. The email leak also revealed police opened a murder investigation into the death of a baby who they believe was born alive despite her mother taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills. 

A nationwide undercover investigation found evidence of abortion providers putting women at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said: “It is clear from the responses to this consultation that there is very little public appetite for making these dangerous ‘DIY’ abortion services available permanently in Scotland”. 

“The results of this consultation show that only 17% of submissions supported making ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently in Scotland. 61% supported ‘DIY’ home abortion services being ended and 21% submitted alternative suggestions for how to proceed, which they provided in a free-text response. Our analysis of this 21% of the submissions shows that the vast majority of the responses categorised as ‘other’ wanted to either end ‘DIY’ abortion services or introduce more restrictions to abortion services in Scotland”.

“We are also very concerned about clear bias shown in the reporting of the consultation results. In the reporting of the results, the Scottish Government has separated responses from members of the public that came from a Right To Life UK campaign encouraging the public to make a submission. A number of pro-abortion groups ran similar campaigns, but their responses were not separated in the reporting, while those using information provided by Right To Life UK were. This is highly inappropriate”.

“Thousands of women have been put at risk from these ‘DIY’ home abortion schemes and we are calling on the Scottish Government to end them immediately. Every day that these services continue, more women are put at risk”.

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Dear reader,

Thanks to the support of people like you, on Monday 5 July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Police , Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this major defeat is not the end for our opposition.

The abortion lobby has already been successful at using the Coronavirus crisis to temporarily introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy has not only accompanied a large increase in the number of lives ended by abortion but has also been linked to a number of serious incidents where women’s lives have been put at risk while performing their abortion at home.

Our opposition is now eager to see more widespread changes to legislation enacted and we are currently facing major threats on three fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  2. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  3. The assisted suicide lobby has brought foward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch these extreme anti-life changes become a reality.

As you can see, while we have won our most recent battle, we continue to be facing a very large challenge on life issues in the UK over the next couple of months – and we will be facing this across multiple fronts.

We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will go towards saving the lives of the unborn and many others.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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