“The most important pro-life activity you can do in 2020 is to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on DIY home abortion,” says The Society for the Protection of the Unborn (SPUC).

DIY home abortion was implemented in response to the nationwide lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

It means women can get abortion drugs following a phone or video call, without a face to face consultation with a medical professional. The abortion pills are then sent through the post and women perform their own abortion at home with no medical supervision or support.

SPUC is urging those who value human life and the health and wellbeing of women to respond to the Government’s consultation.

Michael Robinson, SPUC Director of Communications, said: “Please don’t feel daunted by this task. We have produced a booklet which gives a step by step guide to completing the questionnaire: SPUC guide to responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Future Arrangements for Early Medical Abortion at Home.

“You can find this booklet and other resources to help you complete the consultation here.”

'Every voice counts. You can make a difference.'

SPUC’s Mr Robinson continued: “DIY home abortion provision is a travesty that should never have been introduced. Allowing women to take powerful drugs alone at home shows a complete lack of care and respect for women, as well as further devaluing human life in the womb.

“As we feared from the beginning, DIY abortion has proved impossible to regulate. Abortion pills already carry risks, including risks to the mother’s life, even if the first pill is taken in the clinic. In the case of DIY abortion, pills have been taken at home long after the recommended point in pregnancy. A mystery shopper exercise found that abortion providers have been sending out pills to women without even basic checks.

“Every pro-life voice counts in this consultation. You can really make a difference.”

  • You can download the paper questionnaire here
  • You can access the online consultation site here
This article first appeared on the SPUC website on 16 October, 2020.