Right To Choose - Scotland Bill

Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab): Does the Secretary of State agree that a woman’s right to choose should be universal?

Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab): Does the Secretary of State agree that a woman’s right to choose should be universal?

David Mundell: That is not the nature of this debate. We are debating whether the Scottish Parliament should have responsibility on this issue, and I believe that it has the capacity to make decisions in an informed way. It is becoming offensive to suggest otherwise. When we debate other responsibilities for the Scottish Parliament, we do not do so based on its capacity or the idea that it might fall under undue influence and make the wrong decision.

I think I have made the position clear, but I restate that we will continue to work closely with women’s groups and other interested parties to ensure that the devolution of abortion law is as smooth as possible. As I have repeatedly said, there will be no change simply because of devolution, because the Scottish Government and the First Minister have stated that they do not intend to change the existing provisions.