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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21234: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on so-called conscientious objection by medical professionals to the provision of abortion services, including how this can impact on people in rural and remote areas.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 February 2019

Medical professionals are entitled under the Abortion Act 1967 to conscientiously object to participating in the delivery of abortion services. However, NHS Boards are required to ensure that they can still provide an appropriate abortion service for patients in their area.