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Ethics – Scottish abortion

February 2017

Abortion activist groups in Scotland are pushing for the country to decriminalise abortion, since abortion powers are now devolved to Holyrood as part of the Scotland Act 2016. 

Engender, Amnesty Scotland, NUS Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and other groups published a report last year in which they made the recommendation to decriminalise abortion.

The report said: ‘There is an opportunity within the devolution of abortion law to develop a distinct Scottish approach to women’s reproductive health and to strengthen women’s rights’.

They are also urging the Scottish government to remove the legal requirement for two doctors to approve an abortion, and to allow women to perform abortions in their own homes by taking abortion pills. 

However, David Robertson, the founder of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, warned this would be a ‘dangerous’ step.

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