PRO-LIFE campaigners will go to court tomorrow in an attempt to overturn Scottish Government policy on allowing women to take an abortion pill at home.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Scotland) (SPUC) is seeking a judicial review of what the group describes as "DIY abortion".

According to the SPUC, the proposals are “unlawful” and a threat to the health of women. John Deighan, SPUC (Scotland) chief executive, said: “We believe the Scottish Government policy is an unlawful position. They have refused to engage in discussion on the matter despite the detailed concerns we raised with them. Therefore, we have been left with no option but to proceed to challenge it through the courts.

“The abortion pill has been greatly pushed by the government as if it were some sanitised and easy way of ending a pregnancy. It is far from that. The move to trivialise abortion is one that harms women and creates an environment where some women are even urged to have an abortion because it does not suit others."

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Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell welcomed the Scottish Government policy when it was announced in October. "Abortion can be an emotive subject, however I am proud this government is working hard to ensure women are always able to access clinically safe services," she said.