Creating safer, more effective and accessible abortion services

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 18th December 2020

The ALLIANCE has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on future arrangements for early medical abortion at home.

The Scottish Government has published a public consultation on whether it should make permanent changes to abortion services that were brought in at the start of COVID-19 (this link will take you away from our website). These changes allow women to access abortion care at home without needing to travel to a clinic or hospital for an in-person appointment.

The use of telemedical services across Scottish healthcare have been vital in preserving healthcare rights, while reducing exposure to COVID-19 infection.  The ALLIANCE believes that the current arrangements have had a positive impact by making access to abortion services safe, more effective and accessible.

This has been beneficial for disabled women who may have different access needs that affect their capacity to visit hospitals and clinics in person.  In addition to practical access barriers – such as inaccessible venues, lack of accessible information and communication, and non-inclusive and inflexible service policies – there is a limited extent of knowledge and action regarding the reproductive and sexual health needs of disabled women in Scotland, including access to abortion care.  Continuation of current arrangements for early medical abortion at home minimises such barriers, and creates a more equitable and inclusive service for disabled people and people with long term conditions.

You can read our response in full via the link below.

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