Women's Experience of Later Termination of Pregnancy in Scotland: An Exploratory Study

In this Medical Research Council study, funded by the Scottish Government, we are talking to women who have sought a later termination of pregnancy (abortion) to find out more about their experiences. The study does not have the aim of reducing the time limit or abolishing later termination, nor does it advocate termination. We are simply collecting information about the experiences of women who have had (or have considered) a later termination. By 'later termination' we mean between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

It is not usually possible to have a termination in Scotland after 18 weeks of pregnancy (except to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman, to save the life of the woman or for severe foetal abnormality). The Scottish Government has therefore commissioned this research to find out more about women's experiences. The results of the study will be used to inform the future delivery of services for women in Scotland.

By talking to women we hope to learn about:

  • the reasons behind women presenting for late termination,
  • what the consequences are for them,
  • what it's like to have to travel to England for the procedure,
  • what the experiences are for women who do not go on to have a late termination AND
  • whether there are any opportunities for intervention that would prevent/reduce the need for late termination


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June 2014

The first paper based on findings from the research have been published and can be found here:

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