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February 21, 2018 (SPUC) – A new opinion poll has revealed opposition to the Scottish Government's plans to liberalise the abortion law. 

According to the ComRes poll, carried out on behalf of SPUC Scotland, 48% of people disagree with plans for abortion pills to be dispensed for women to take outside a medical setting, with 38% agreeing. 

SPUC Scotland is currently preparing to take the Scottish Government to court after launching a judicial review of proposals by the country's chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood, which would allow women to perform DIY abortions at home. (Philippa Taylor of CMF details here the medical dangers of this proposal, and how it would send abortion back to the backstreets.)

Based on Polling of 1,000 Scottish Residents Conducted by ComRes and Commissioned by SPUC Scotland

Despite their actions being in line with public opinion, SPUC's Scotland's attempt to uphold the current law on abortion, and protect women from the dangers of home abortions has caused outrage in some quarters. One journalist wrote in the ​National ​that SPUC Scotland CEO John Deighan is “Scotland's nastiest culture warrior”, and a “tasteless hack propagandist” whose “rhetoric is repulsive, stupid and counter-productive.”

Public opinion is also against the Scottish Government's initiative to provide abortions in Scotland for Northern Irish women. An overwhelming two thirds majority – 67% – said it was not acceptable that Scottish taxpayers pay for the travel, accommodation and medical costs of women from Northern Ireland to have abortions in Scotland, while only one third – 33% – said it was acceptable.

SPUC Scotland chief executive John Deighan said: “This poll is a double blow to the political elite and demonstrates just how out of touch this government is with the ordinary man and woman in the street.

Based on Polling of 1,000 Scottish Residents Conducted by ComRes and Commissioned by SPUC Scotland

“Since Westminster devolved powers on abortion to Holyrood there have been two major interventions by the SNP administration – free abortions for women from Northern Ireland and DIY at home abortions. “But the poll is a damning indictment of such interventions and reveals that the Scottish Administration is failing to carry the support of voters or represent the views of the electorate. They should face up to reality and reverse these plans now.”

Published with permission from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.