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Scottish medics speak out against abortion scheme

December 2021 | by Evangelical Times

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Two senior Scottish medics have spoken out against the Scottish government’s do-it-yourself abortion scheme.

Frank Dunn and David Galloway, both former presidents of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, warned that the scheme could lead to women being coerced into having an abortion.

As reported in The Times, the doctors wrote to Maree Todd, Minister for Public Health, saying there were serious concerns over the use and abuse of the abortion pills, which were allowed in March 2020 at the start of the UK’s first Covid lockdown.

They said remote prescription of abortion drugs was unsafe and urged for in-person appointments to be reinstated.

In the letter, they said, ‘We believe the Scottish government should reinstate in-person appointments at the earliest possible opportunity …

‘Every clinician has a duty of care towards their patient and we do not believe this duty is best fulfilled by removing in-person clinician-patient contact for significant medical procedures.’

Official figures showed that DIY abortions accounted for nearly half of all abortions carried out in England and Wales from April to December 2020.

Sending out the abortion pills in the post was a measure that was intended to be temporary, to allow women to have abortions without risking catching Covid-19 by attending a clinic.

However, the Scottish government is considering whether the rules should be extended when the pandemic passes, making DIY abortions permanent.

Writing on the 54th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, James Mildred, chief communications officer for CARE, said, ‘Since 1967, an estimated 9.7m abortions have taken place.

‘Behind that eye-wateringly high number is a person, made in God’s own image. And also behind that number are millions of mums and their husbands, boyfriends, partners and wider families.’

He added, ‘In our culture, abortion is often seen as the only answer to a crisis pregnancy.

‘It has become normalized and ever-more available, especially after recent changes to the law allowing women to take both abortion pills at home.’