Conscientious objection in the era of "home abortion"

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In October this year, on the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act 1967, the Scottish government announced plans to allow women undergoing early medical abortion (EMA) to take the abortion drug misoprostol in their own homes. EMA involves medical termination prior to nine completed weeks' gestation; there were 7,926 such abortions in Scotland in 2016. Women undergoing EMA previously had to attend a clinical setting twice (first to take mifepristone, and again, usually 24-48 hours later, to take misoprostol) but will now be required to do so only once.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ (Online)
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2017


  • abortion
  • Abortion Act 1967
  • home abortion


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