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bpas comment on Abortion Law being devolved to Scotland

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said:

 "There is no reason to believe that the Scottish Parliament will restrict women’s rights during pregnancy. A minority of politicians may seek to impose their personal beliefs on Scottish women, but others will take the opportunity to establish a modern legal framework that supports rather than criminalises women.

 "In 2015, a woman who ends a pregnancy without the permission of 2 doctors can be imprisoned for life – Scotland has the chance to consign this anachronistic and insulting penalty to the history books. It is high time that abortion was regulated like other healthcare procedures. It should not be subject to additional legal barriers which both delay treatment and stigmatise the 1 in 3 women who will need to end a pregnancy in their lifetime. Abortion is the only medical procedure in which two doctors must give legal permission before a patient can be treated. Women are perfectly capable of making these decisions for themselves, and do not need politicians or doctors to tell them what is right for them and their families. The devolution of abortion gives Scotland the opportunity to create a framework that is fit for purpose, and fit for the women of Scotland today."

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About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.