Access to and Experience of Later Abortion: Accounts From Women in Scotland

Carrie Purcell, Sharon Cameron, Lucy Caird, Gillian Flett, George Laird, Catriona Melville, Lisa McDaid

Journal Article

Using data from the Women’s Experiences of Later Abortion study, conducted in 2013, this article addresses why and in what circumstances women seek abortion over 16 weeks of pregnancy, and the impact this had on them. It looks at how women did or did not see themselves as ‘candidates’ for pregnancy, motherhood, or abortion. It also addresses the significant implications of the requirement for women in Scotland to travel to England for abortions over 18-20 weeks of pregnancy, and the distressing and stigmatising impact that had.

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