Cole-Hamilton: Scotland should follow Isle of Man in decriminalising abortion

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today said that the Scottish Government should follow in the footsteps of the Isle of Man legislature, which has this week moved to take abortion out of criminal law and introduce safe buffer zones around clinics.

On removing abortion from criminal law Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"The Isle of Man is showing the way forward for the whole of the UK and I hope the Scottish Government will now follow in their footsteps.

"Removing abortion from criminal law is a sensible step with support from across the medical establishment, which is why the Liberal Democrats made it our policy earlier this year."

On buffer zones around abortion clinics, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"We have a responsibility to ensure woman have the right to choose free from the fear of exercising that right. That's why Scottish Liberal Democrats Spring Conference voted in favour of introducing safe zones around clinics.

"These buffer zones are a smart way of ensuring women are able to access the medical treatment they need without fear of harassment or intimidation.

"I was disappointed that the Scottish Government turned down the opportunity to consider these proposals when I raised them earlier this year. I hope they will see the progress being made across the Solway Firth and reconsider this stance."

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