National consultation on future arrangements for early medical abortion at home

Section: In the CommunityPeople and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 30th September 2020

The Scottish Government consultation deadline is 5 January 2021.

For the last six months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some changes have been made to the process for early medical abortion. An approval was put in place that allows women to take both pills required for an early medical abortion (mifepristone and misoprostol) in their own homes after a telephone or video consultation with a doctor or nurse, without the need to first attend a hospital or clinic for an in-person appointment. Scottish Government put this approval in place to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and ensure continued access to abortion services without delays.

Views are now being sought on the future arrangements for early medical abortion at home across Scotland. The responses will help to inform the Scottish Government’s decision on whether the current arrangements should continue once there is no longer a significant risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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