The Government hopes to make it easier for women under nine weeks pregnant to gain access to an EMA by changing present laws, which state that EMAs can only be administered at licensed sites, such as hospitals, approved NHS providers and private clinics.
The procedure involves women taking two pills, which induce miscarriage, at a clinic a few hours apart. But EMA providers argue that women should be able to take the second pill at home after receiving medical instructions.
The health secretary is looking at changing the rules to allow primary care trusts to apply for their GPs to be able to perform abortions in local surgeries, health centres or polyclinics.
But private clinics can still use the existing law to work with GPs and offer EMAs in GP surgeries without needing any extra power from the Government.
One such service is available to women in Wolverhampton, where the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which is under a contract with the local primary care trust, performs abortions for NHS patients at a GP surgery.
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