Sturgeon: ‘No plans to lower abortion limit in Scotland’

Nicola Sturgeon has said that she would not seek to change the law on abortion if the matter was devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Her announcement follows speculation that some MSPs would seek to change the limit from the current 24 weeks.

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has said that the limit should be 20 weeks, while former Health Secretary Alex Neil favours a 12-week limit.


At First Minister’s questions last Thursday, Sturgeon said, “let me be absolutely clear that the Scottish Government’s position on abortion law remains unchanged.

“We have no plans to change the law on abortion.”

Some pro-abortion groups had raised concerns that giving Holyrood power over the policy area could lead to a stricter abortion law.


Following the referendum last year, the Smith Commission, set up to make recommendations on further devolution, indicated that it was minded to back the devolution of abortion.

However, it has not offered any further indication of this so far.

In 2014, there were just under 2,000 abortions among 16 to 19-year-olds in Scotland and over 25,000 among the same age group in England and Wales.

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