MSP calls for abortion to be decriminalised
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.’