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Trials for GP surgery abortions

5th December 2007

The government has confirmed that trials are under way to test whether early abortions could be carried out safely in doctor’s surgeries in England.


According to the Department of Health, two trials are under way at undisclosed locations. One is a community hospital, the other a stand-alone unit within an acute hospital.

The trial is looking to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of drug-induced abortions up to the ninth week of pregnancy. At present, abortions can only be carried out at NHS hospitals or certain clinics with two doctors’ approval.

In a statement the DoH said: “We are formally evaluating the safety and effectiveness of providing early medical abortion services in non-traditional settings, which in future, could be a community medical setting such as a doctor’s surgery which has the appropriate medical expertise.

“The evaluation will be complete in the New Year and we will consider the results carefully before reaching a decision.?

The Commons Science and Technology Committee called for a relaxation of rules surrounding terminating pregnancies as recently as October. Last year there were almost 200,000 abortions in England and Wales with a further 13,000 in Scotland and the majority – 89% - were early abortions carried out before 13 weeks.

Committee chairman Phil Willis, the committee chairman, said he was in favour of the trials going ahead of women always having choice in terms of where they can have a procedure.

Julia Millington, of the ProLife Alliance, said: “What we are seeing here is liberalisation of the law by stealth, which is gravely concerning.?


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