Abortion notifications and data - changing the process: consultation

This consultation seeks views from abortion providers in Scotland and others with an interest on proposals to change the current process for notifying and providing data on abortions.


Responding to this consultation

We are inviting responses to this consultation by 30 April 2021.

Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government’s consultation hub, Citizen Space (http://consult.gov.scot). Access and respond to this consultation online at https://consult.gov.scot/population-health/abortion-notifications-and-data/. You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 30 April 2021.

If you are unable to respond using our consultation hub, you can alternatively send your response by email or post. If so, please complete the Respondent Information Form (download it from the Supporting Files section) and add your responses and send them to:


While normally we would happily accept postal responses, given the Covid-19 pandemic, it would be helpful if responses are provided online wherever possible to ensure that views are received, collected and attributed correctly. However, we will accept written responses by exception for those who do not have internet access. If you need to send your response by post, please send it to:

Abortion notification consultation Scottish Government Area 3E St Andrew’s House Regent Road Edinburgh EH1 3DG

Handling your response

If you respond using the consultation hub, you will be directed to the ‘About You’ page before submitting your response. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are content for your response to published. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

To find out how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy policy: https://www.gov.scot/privacy/.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.gov.scot. If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered, along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to the contact address above or abortionconsultation@gov.scot.

Scottish Government consultation process

Consultation is an essential part of the policy making process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.

You can find all our consultations online: http://consult.gov.scot. Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.

Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision-making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report on this analysis for every consultation. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:

  • indicate the need for policy development or review
  • inform the development of a particular policy
  • help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
  • be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented

While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.

Respondent Information Form

If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space on the website please complete the Respondent Information Form. The Respondent Information Form and accompanying Consultation Questionnaire are available in the supporting files for this publication.

Please do not send a response without a Respondent Information Form.


Email: abortionconsultation@gov.scot

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