New data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed four health trusts in England have requested licences to carry out early abortions in GP surgeries.
Medical newspaper GP reported that two abortion clinics are already up and running, while 11 more licence requests have been submitted.
The findings were based on responses from 114 primary care trusts across England.
The British Pegnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which runs some of the abortion clinics, also provided data.
Early stage abortions involve two trips to a clinic within a short space of time. The woman is given pills which induce a miscarriage.
Previous research by GP suggested six PCTs were considering or had applied for licences to provide early abortions.
BPAS has services in GP practices in Wolverhampton and Newcastle under contracts with primary care trusts (PCTs), and has applied to run a service in Basingstoke.
Each year, the charity provides around 13,000 early medical abortions under nine weeks' gestation.
Marie Stopes International said it would welcome any move which increased women's choice.
"However, there would need to be agreement from all GPs working in a practice for such a service to work especially with regard to routine follow up plus advice and treatment in the small number of complications that may occur," senior medical advisor Dr Asma Khalid said.
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