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Judges are to publish their decision in a case brought by pro-life campaigners over a legal challenge aimed at reversing the Scottish Government’s controversial decision to permit women to carry out DIY abortions at home.

Last year, the world’s oldest pro-life group, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland, mounted a Judicial Review opposing the plan unveiled by Scotland’s chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Catherine Calderwood.

Following a two day hearing at the Court of Session, in Edinburgh, Lady Wise decided in favour of the CMO’S proposals.

But in April that decision was subjected to a two day appeal hearing in Edinburgh in front of three judges – the second most senior judge in the country the Lord Justice Clerk Lady Dorrian, sitting with Lord Menzies and Lord Brodie.

Their decision will be unveiled on today.

John Deighan, chief executive of SPUC Scotland said that the organisation, the world’s oldest pro-life group, is fighting the case on two main grounds.

SPUC argue that taking an abortifacient (abortion causing) drug at home “is not consistent” with the Abortion Act of 1967 which demands the presence of medical, nursing or clinical staff.

They also argue that the 1967 Act lays down specific rules for approved places where procedures can take place and their legal advice stated that the law “was not intended to allow abortions to take place at home”.

Mr Deighan said: “For the sake of women’s health and the universal right to life we cannot stand idly by whilst such a detrimental measure is implemented in the name of health care.

“The abortion pill policy trivialises the terrible ordeal that medical abortion inflicts on women and it can now do so in an environment where women self-administer powerful drugs with no proper medical supervision or support.

“We continue to be alarmed at the Scottish Government’s policies to liberalise abortion, this is hard to square with their other commitments on health and human rights.

“The effect of so many decades of propaganda and emotional manipulation has clouded the judgment of so many people when it comes to abortion. It is outside the realms of reason to uphold universal human rights on the one hand and then make laws to permit the ending of innocent human lives on the other

“The neglect of the damage that abortion has on women is reprehensible and will one day demand an answer as to why it has been allowed to go on so long. The lax attitude towards abortion has also allowed widespread coercion of women to have abortions.

“Rather than really being about a woman’s choice it has so often become an option which women are pushed towards when their pregnancy is inconvenient to others.

“So many women will afterwards say that they had no choice other than abortion. This compounds the mental suffering that post-abortive women endure.”

The CMO’s proposals allow women take an abortion pill at home in the presence of an adult rather in a clinical setting under supervision.

SPUC consider the proposals to be “unlawful” practice and a threat to the health of women and their unborn babies.

The DIY abortion plan involves sending women from abortion clinics equipped with the drug Misoprostol which they will be able to take in their own house which will result in a termination.

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