Women in Scotland can take abortion pill at home

Women in Scotland are the first British women to be allowed to take misoprostol - the abortion pill - at home rather than in a clinic.

Other nations, including Sweden and France, already allow women to take the medical abortion pill at home.

Medical abortions involve taking two different medicines: mifepristone first blocks the action of progesterone, which is needed to maintain the pregnancy, while misoprostol stimulates the uterus to cramp and bleed in order for the foetus to leave the body.

Chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service Ann Furedi said: “We thoroughly welcome the Scottish government’s decision. This will spare women not only the difficulties associated with having to make more than one clinic visit - childcare, transport, time off work - but it will also spare women from the risk of symptoms on their way home, having taken the medication in a clinic.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801841465-ADNFCR