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Our bodies, our choice: The case for a Scottish approach to abortion

Engender, along with Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance, Close the Gap, Amnesty Scotland and NUS Scotland, believe that the Scottish Government should take action to decriminalise abortion, and improve access, support and services around reproductive rights.

The report 'our bodies, our choice: the case for a Scottish approach to abortion', sets out a number of issues around access to abortion in Scotland, and makes a number of recommendations to the Scottish Government. You can read just the recommendations here.

The devolution of powers over abortion law means the Scottish Government has an opportunity to improve women's lives in Scotland. Engender believes that a Scottish approach must be developed through meaningful and measured discussion, drawing on international best practice, and in consultation with women, practitioners and human rights and gender advocates.


If you are seeking information about accessing an abortion in Scotland, you may find this information from the NHS or from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service useful and you can find information about sexual health clinics near you here.

Below are some images and quotes relating to the report - please feel free to download and share.

Our organisations unequivocally support the decriminalisation of abortion
Choosing to have or not have children is one of women's most basic human rights
abortion is an issue of equality
Abortion is one of the safest and most frequent medical procedures accessed by women
safe, legal abortion is a fundamental element of women's rights
Many women in Scotland must travel to England for abortions after 18 weeks
Emma Ritch, Engender
Angela Alexander, NUS Scotland
Naomi McAuliffe, Amnesty International
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Related publications

Access to Abortion: Situating Scotland in the Western WorldAccess to Abortion: Situating Scotland in the Western World This paper describes the different legal and regulatory contexts for abortion healthcare in Scotland and in other European and western nations.

Our Bodies, Our Choice: The Case for a Scottish Approach to AbortionOur Bodies, Our Choice: The Case for a Scottish Approach to Abortion The devolution of abortion law as part of the Scotland Act 2016 also provides Scotland with the opportunity to develop a Scottish approach to women’s reproductive rights, incorporating improved, modernised and standardised service provision underpinned by a progressive devolved legal framework.

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