MSP calls for abor­tion to be de­crim­i­nalised

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Michael Black­ley Scot­tish Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

SCOT­LAND should be­come the sec­ond part of the UK to de­crim­i­nalise abor­tion, an MSP has said.

Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamil­ton has called for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to fol­low the lead of the Manx gov­ern­ment.

The Isle of Man has moved to take abor­tion out of crim­i­nal law and in­tro­duce ‘buf­fer zones’ around clin­ics to keep protesters at bay.

Mr Cole-Hamil­ton said: ‘We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure woman have the right to choose, free from the fear of ex­er­cis­ing that right.’ But a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said: ‘We have no plans to change the law on abor­tion.

‘We recog­nise that abor­tion can be an emo­tive sub­ject and we are do­ing all we can to en­sure that all pa­tients and staff can ac­cess health ser­vices safely and free from ha­rass­ment. We are happy to talk to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties about po­ten­tial op­tions in any ar­eas where there are con­cerns.’

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