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Respond to the

Scottish consultation

on ‘DIY’ home abortion
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on whether to make the current temporary arrangement allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions to take place in Scotland permanent. It is vital that as many people as possible make a submission to the consultation.
The consultation closes at 11:59 pm on January 5th, 2021.
Respond to the Scottish consultation on DIY abortion

If you have the time, we recommend that you make a submission using the consultation submission website here.

We have put together a step by step guide which will help you with filling the consultation in. Click here to view our consultation guide.

Alternatively, you can use the easy-to-use tool below to respond.

In the tool, we have included suggested responses in each of the sections. If you do have the time, we recommend writing these responses in your own words and adding in any other points you feel are necessary to cover.

We have provided the tool as we have been approached by a number of people that have found the online form on the Scottish Government website difficult to follow, and they have asked for us to provide a way for them to make a submission that will be easier for them to complete and help with making the consultation process accessible to more people.

Your response will be sent by email to abortionconsultation@gov.scot. Please note we have designed the form below for individuals to submit, if you are an organisation, please see the consultation page for details on how to make a submission. 

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Respond to the consultation

Your details
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The Scottish Government will share your response internally with other Scottish Government policy teams who may be addressing the issues you discuss. They may wish to contact you again in the future, but they require your permission to do so. Are you content for Scottish Government to contact you again in relation to this consultation exercise?
Your submission
Question 1:
What impact do you think that the current arrangements for early medical abortion at home (put in place due to COVID-19), have had on women accessing abortion services? Please answer with regards to the following criteria:
a) safety
Comments (optional):

b) accessibility and convenience of services
Comments (optional):

c) waiting times
Comments (optional):

Question 2:
What impact do you think that the current arrangements for early medical abortion at home (put in place due to COVID-19), have had for those involved in delivering abortion services? (For example, this could include impacts on workforce flexibility and service efficiency.)
Comments (optional):

Question 3.
What risks do you consider are associated with the current arrangements for early medical abortion at home (put in place due to COVID-19)? How could these risks be mitigated?
Comments

Question 4.
Do you have any views on the potential impacts of continuing the current arrangements for early medical abortion at home (put in place due to COVID-19) on equalities groups (the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation)?
If yes, please outline possible impacts below. Please be as specific as you can and include any resources or references to evidence on this topic that we should consider.

Question 5.
Do you have any views on potential impacts of continuing the current arrangements for early medical abortion at home (put in place due to COVID-19) on socio-economic equality?
If yes, please outline possible impacts below. Please be as specific as you can and include any resources or references to evidence on this topic that we should consider.

Question 6:
Do you have any views on potential impacts of continuing the current arrangements for early medical abortion at home (put in place due to COVID-19) on women living in rural or island communities?
If yes, please outline possible impacts below. Please be as specific as you can and include any resources or references to evidence on this topic that we should consider.

Question 7:
How should early medical abortion be provided in future, when COVID-19 is no longer a significant risk?
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