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Wider access to abortion under fire

Wider access to abortion under fire

Many GPs are unhappy at the idea of polyclinics offering abortions, with one in three saying they would refuse to work at a surgery that did, according to a survey.

A cut in the current 24-week time limit for abortions was also urged by 49% of the 480 doctors questioned, with 11% wanting it to be lowered to 15 weeks or under.

Although a total of 48% questioned by GP newspaper thought the 24-week limit should remain, just 3% believed it should be increased to 26 weeks or more.

About 75% of GPs said they did not want to see the regulation that required two doctors to sign a form before an abortion could go ahead replaced with the need for only one signature.

This follows a suggestion by the government that polyclinics and GP surgeries should offer women easier access to abortions.

This would entail a procedure known as early medical abortion (EMA), which involves two trips to a clinic - hours or a day apart - to take pills that induce miscarriage.

Providers of EMA argue that women should be allowed to take the second pill at home after receiving medical instructions.

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