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More GP surgeries could offer EMA

More units are set to open which will provide early abortions for women at their local surgery or polyclinic, according to new data.

Women under nine weeks pregnant can take an early medical abortion (EMA), which involves two trips to a clinic to take pills which induce miscarriage.

GP newspaper has now uncovered data which suggests that more units will open in England to provide EMA in a GP surgery or polyclinic.

The government has been trying to find ways to make it easier for women to gain access to early abortions, but at present the law states that the pills can only be administered at licensed sites, such as hospitals, approved NHS providers and private clinics.

Primary care trusts could apply to the health secretary for their GPs or other staff to be able to perform abortions in surgeries, and private clinics can use the law to work with GPs and offer EMA in GP surgeries.

The charity British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said it currently runs one abortion clinic within a GP surgery in Wolverhampton and has received approval to run another in Newcastle.

The BPAS said it was also aware of a few community hospitals that were interested in providing early medical abortions.

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