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Statement following Judge's ruling on home use of misoprostol in Scotland

15 August 2018

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    Media statement

    Judge Lady Wise has ruled that the Scottish government's move to allow home administration of misoprostol, the second set of tablets for medical abortion, was "not unlawful". 

    Scotland became the first part of the UK to allow home use of misoprostol. Shortly after, the decision was legally challenged by Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) at the Court of Sessions.

    Lady Wise rejected the challenge saying that this was a lawful interpretation of the Abortion Act.

    Our Medical Director, Imogen Stephens, comments:

    “We welcome this ruling, which further clarifies the fact that women should have ultimate control over their own treatment. It’s time that women not just in Scotland but all over the UK are given this same control.

     

    For further information please contact:

    Email:              will.harris@mariestopes.org / press@mariestopes.org.uk

    Telephone:      07769 166 516 / 020 3219 8245

    “There is no clinical reason why women having medical abortions should be unable able to self-administer the second tablets. It would be an essential step forward in protecting women’s comfort, dignity and privacy.”

     

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