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ABORTION LAW IN NORTHERN IRELAND

EDM (Early Day Motion) 822: tabled on 14 March 1995

Tabled in the 1994-95 session.

This motion has been signed by 78 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House agrees with the recommendations recently made to the Government by the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights that the law on abortion in Northern Ireland is so uncertain that it violates the standards of human rights law; believes that there are serious inconsistencies in its application which mean that even a woman whose pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or whose health would be seriously damaged by continuing the pregnancy cannot be guaranteed an abortion; further believes that the difference in the abortion laws which apply to women in Northern Ireland and women in the rest of the United Kingdom amounts to discrimination against, and causes unnecessary suffering to, women in the Province particularly the 2,000 pregnant women who travel to Britain each year to access abortion services; welcomes the publication of the report, The Abortion Law in Northern Ireland: Human Rights and Reproductive Choice, by the Northern Ireland Family Planning Association and the meeting to launch it in the House on 23rd March in room W1 at 5.30 pm; and strongly urges the Government to resolve the anomaly in the Northern Ireland abortion law by extending the Abortion Act 1967 to the Province.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Barron, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Rother Valley
Bayley, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1995
York
Benn, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 1 May 1995
Chesterfield
Body, Sir Richard
Independent Conservative
Signed on 21 March 1995
Holland with Boston
Bradley, Mr Keith
Labour
Signed on 28 March 1995
Manchester, Withington
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 March 1995
Gordon
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Birmingham, Northfield
Campbell, Mrs Anne
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Cambridge
Cann, Mr Jamie
Labour
Signed on 31 May 1995
Ipswich
Church, Ms Judith
Labour
Signed on 3 April 1995
Dagenham
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Leyton
Coombs, Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 4 April 1995
Wyre Forest
Corston, Jean
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Bristol East
Denham, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 5 April 1995
Southampton, Itchen
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1995
Lewisham West
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Sunderland North
Evans, John
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
St Helens North
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Glasgow, Maryhill
Galbraith, Mr Sam
Labour
Signed on 20 March 1995
Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 20 March 1995
Ilford South
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Walthamstow
Gilbert, Dr John
Labour
Signed on 28 March 1995
Dudley East
Gordon, Mildred
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Bow and Poplar
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Independent Conservative
Signed on 27 March 1995
Billericay
Grant, Bernie
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Tottenham
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 5 April 1995
Bridgend
Hain, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Neath
Hall, Mr Mike
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1995
Warrington South
Henderson, Mr Doug
Labour
Signed on 27 March 1995
Newcastle upon Tyne North
Heppell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Nottingham East
Hodge, Margaret
Labour
Signed on 30 March 1995
Barking
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 19 October 1995
Clydesdale
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Knowsley North
Hoyle, Doug
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1995
Warrington North
Hughes, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Doncaster North
Ingram, Mr Adam
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
East Kilbride
Jackson, Helen
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Sheffield, Hillsborough
Johnston, Sir Russell
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 March 1995
Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1995
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1995
Clwyd South West
Jowell, Tessa
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Dulwich
Kennedy, Jane
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1995
Liverpool, Broadgreen
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Ealing, Southall
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Brent East
Loyden, Eddie
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Liverpool, Garston
Madden, Max
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Bradford West
Maddock, Mrs Diana
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 1995
Christchurch
Marland, Paul
Conservative
Signed on 15 March 1995
West Gloucestershire
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 24 March 1995
Makerfield
McKelvey, William
Labour
Signed on 9 May 1995
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1995
Sheffield, Heeley
Mitchell, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 27 March 1995
North West Hampshire
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Clackmannan
Pickthall, Mr Colin
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1995
West Lancashire
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Pendle
Primarolo, Dawn
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Bristol South
Quin, Joyce
Labour
Signed on 5 April 1995
Gateshead East
Roche, Mrs Barbara
Labour
Signed on 3 April 1995
Hornsey and Wood Green
Rooker, Mr Jeff
Labour
Signed on 18 April 1995
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Ruddock, Joan
Labour
Signed on 20 March 1995
Lewisham, Deptford
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Short, Clare
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Nottingham South
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Bolsover
Soley, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1995
Hammersmith
Squire, Rachel
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Dunfermline West
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Wolverhampton South East
Watson, Mike
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Glasgow Central
Wicks, Malcolm
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Croydon North West
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 22 March 1995
Preston

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

ABORTION LAW IN NORTHERN IRELAND (Amendment 1)
leave out from `House' to end and add `notes that people of all denominations in Northern Ireland are united in their opposition to abortion, that the extension of the Abortion Act was opposed by 18 of 19 local authorities which debated the issue, that the Northern Ireland Assembly on 29th February 1984 voted by 20 to 1 against extension of the Act or any like legislation; endorses the statement by the honourable Member for North Antrim that `the overwhelming opposition is amazing, because it stretches from the Unionist parties to the nationalist SDLP. It stretches from churches to the students' union of Queen's University, which in no way would be called a Conservative or right-wing body'; notes that despite Britain's high teenage abortion rate, in Northern Ireland there are fewer teenage births than in Britain; observes that the assertion that the law violates the standards of human rights law rests on the mistaken assumption that there is a `right' to abortion under British law; notes that in Northern Ireland there are no reported cases of pregnant victims of rape being denied abortion nor of women's health being damaged through pregnancies which doctors elsewhere in the United Kingdom would have aborted and that the district obstetric mortality rate in Northern Ireland, at 2.4 per 100,000 births, is the lowest in the United Kingdom and significantly lower than the 6.2 in Great Britain; and resolves to uphold the dignity of women and the right to life of unborn children in accordance with the cultural, religious, medical, ethical and legal traditions of Northern Ireland.'.
Ulster Unionist Party, South Belfast
45
signatures
EDM 822A1: tabled on 23 March 1995