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Women in Scotland allowed abortion pill at home

From BBC - October 26, 2017

Women in Scotland are the first in the UK to be allowed to take the abortion pill at home.

Scotland's Chief Medical Officer has written to all health boards to say the drug misoprostol can be taken by women outside of a clinical setting.

The change brings Scotland in line with other countries such as Sweden and France.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has been lobbying to change the law in the UK for years.

Two tablets

There were 12,063 terminations of pregnancy in Scotland in 2016 and almost three-quarters (73.5%) were carried out at less than nine weeks gestation.

The vast majority of these early terminations (89.4%) were medical rather than surgical procedures.

The medical treatment involves taking two different medicines.

The first tablet, called Mifepristone, blocks the action of the hormone progesterone, which is needed to maintain the pregnancy.

The second tablet, called Misoprostol, can be given on the same day, or 24, 48 or 72 hours apart.

Not all women are suitable for a medical abortion, although they may still be suitable for a surgical abortion.

The change in Scotland would mean the second tablet Misoprostol - would be administered in a clinical setting but could be taken by women at home.

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