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Donna McLean: Medical misogyny allows women to suffer unnecessarily

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What a week to be writing about this subject.

Roe v Wade overturned, ending the almost half-century precedent that guaranteed American women and girls the constitutional right to an abortion. Here in the UK, we are observing events in the US with horror. But, what’s the true situation in this country with abortion access?

Issues with abortion care in the UK may be less obvious, but they still exist. Practical difficulties with access currently have a major impact on the lives of women in Scotland as well as in Northern Ireland, where no abortion services have been implemented at all, despite being decriminalised in 2019.

I was shocked to discover that there is still a regular need for women to travel from Scotland to England for second-trimester abortions, since no health board in Scotland provides abortion care up to the current legal limit of 24 weeks. In Fife, for example, the limit is 15 weeks plus five days, significantly below the legal threshold.

Almost 200 Scottish people have been referred by their doctors to travel to England for an abortion since 2019. Some are having to travel as far as the south of England, an arduous and expensive journey.

Back in 2014, a government-commissioned report into Scottish women’s experiences of travelling to England for this kind of care was published. The findings were grim.

Women reported to these........

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