Anti-Abortion Campaign Back In Court Over Home Terminations

18 December 2018, 07:20

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A campaign group which lost its legal challenge over the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion pills at home will return to court for an appeal hearing.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) argued the decision by ministers to enable women to drug misoprostol to induce abortion at home, was "unlawful" and a threat to women's health.

However, Judge Lady Wise rejected the group's arguments in a ruling earlier this year, following a two-day hearing at the Court of Session in May.

SPUC appealed against the decision and an appeal hearing is being held at the court on Tuesday.

The society's chief executive John Deighan said: "We were disappointed by the original decision but it was always our intention to fight this case all the way.

"Our position and beliefs remain the same.

"After thorough consideration of the judgement and in tandem with legal advice we now appeal the decision.

"We owe it to our supporters who continue to make donations to cover our legal costs."

Campaigners launched the judicial review legal action after Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, last year confirmed she had written to all Scottish health boards to indicate misoprostol could be taken by women outside a clinical setting.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "In light of the imminent court hearing, it would not be appropriate for the Government to comment at this stage."