Scottish Episcopate: Allowing domestic abortion is “an ideological decision”
In a letter to the Ministry of Health, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, chairman of the Scottish Bishops' Conference, objected to permission for pharmacological abortions at home. In his opinion, the decision is ideological, having little to do with concern for women's health during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think it is something deeply depressing that during such an unprecedented time like the coronavirus pandemic, when the resources of almost every government in the world are intended to save lives, especially the most vulnerable members of society, the Scottish Government continues to work to end the life of the weakest – unborn children,” wrote Bishop Hugh Gilbert in a special letter.
“Even more depressing is that the Scottish Government found it appropriate to promote abortion at home as if it were an ordinary matter equivalent to taking any other medicine at home. This position seems to be more a matter of ideology than a genuine concern for women’s health,” he added.
Medical abortion is a two-step process of taking mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks the action of progesterone, causing the child to die. Misoprostol is taken up to two days later and induces the delivery of a dead child.
A woman choosing to have an abortion can order pharmacological agents online. Before applying, however, she must consult a doctor by phone or video call. The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland introduced similar regulations.
The chairman of the Scottish Episcopate also pointed out not only the fact of killing an innocent child but exposing the woman to the serious consequences of having this procedure done at home. There is a risk of heavy bleeding that requires hospitalisation, which is very difficult under current conditions. In addition, during a short video or phone call, it is impossible to determine whether a woman wants to have an abortion voluntarily or whether she is being forced to do it.