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Poll shows Scottish Government at odds with public on abortion

20 February 2018

 
The SNP's interventions in abortion law do not seem to have public support.

Respondents reject home abortions and paying for Northern Irish abortions.

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.


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

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.

"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."

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Comments (4)

  • Vincent Fascione

    20 February 2018, 6:50pm

    No ! Means No! First Minister ! 😈👹👿👺

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  • A Robinson

    21 February 2018, 3:19pm

    What an interesting report.
    Shows many informative trends I was unaware about.
    But perhaps someone can help me with some unfamiliar terms used in the report, please?
    Can anyone tell me what medical specialty “abortionist” comes under? I can only find F1 obstetrics and gynaecology, F1a Family planning, F1b Sexual and reproductive health.
    Can’t find any of the four Home Counties with this and I’m curious to the terminology used and could use some help.
    Also I was understanding that counselling is offered as a matter of routine- am I incorrect? Is this not already offered? Does the person HAVE to take it if they don’t want to?
    Thanks in advance of the answering my questions. If really would be helpful.

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  • Leeze Lawrence

    22 February 2018, 6:57pm

    A woman's right to decide is paramount and will never be up for debate.

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  • Peter Forbes Leeze Lawrence

    26 February 2018, 3:03am

    Sorry Leeze, but you're so wrong. When and how is it ever right to kill an innocent person? People should take responsibility for their actions. Can I recommend you have a look on the SPUC website for what abortion is and does? Also check out Created Equal.

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