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Anti-abortion bigots want devolution to make new attacks

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2476

Abortion Law is to be devolved to the Scottish parliament, the secretary of state for Scotland and Tory MP David Mundell announced on Wednesday of last week.

Abortion rights activists want to ensure this change means the maintenance and extension of abortion rights, and not any further restrictions. 

Some anti-abortion campaigners see this as an opportunity to push for increased limits on women’s rights.

These bigots have been the most vocal about demanding devolution of abortion law.  

But polls show that over 75 percent of Scots support a woman’s right to choose and don’t want more limits imposed.   

The Abortion Rights (AR) campaign pointed out that women in Scotland already have to travel to England to access an abortion after 18 weeks. 

In a statement AR said this situation was “unacceptable, and we look forward to the Scottish Government taking urgent action to resource services directly provided through NHS Scotland, in Scotland.”


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Tue 20 Oct 2015, 16:39 BST
Issue No. 2476
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