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TREATMENT OF SENTIENT CREATURES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 636: tabled on 20 February 1995

Tabled in the 1994-95 session.

This motion has been signed by 53 Members. It has received 2 amendments.

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

Amendments to this motion

There have been 2 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House understands concern and non-violent protest about the inhumane treatment of sentient creatures, including the export of veal calves; notes that consistent scientific research since that of I. D. Hogg in 1941 clearly shows that the human fetus reacts to painful stimuli from five to six weeks gestation when touched around the mouth and that this extends to an almost complete range of cutaneous responses at 12 weeks; notes that the perception of pain is principally within those parts of the thalamus which develop between nine and 12 weeks gestation; further notes that the cortex which develops after the thalamus influences pain perception by reducing its intensity; thus notes that in these early stages of development the fetus could be subjected to an intensity of pain greater than that experienced by born humans; recalls that Professor Sir William Liley, renowned internationally as the father of fetal medicine, comparing attitudes towards animals and the human fetus, recorded his unhappiness that we withhold from the human fetus a charitable consideration we extend to animals; and calls for changes to the Abortion Act to give protection to the human fetus who has less legal protection than laboratory animals and less charitable consideration from the 'politically correct' than they extend to livestock.

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.

Boyson, Sir Rhodes
Conservative
Signed on 22 February 1995
Brent North
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Canterbury
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 22 February 1995
Blyth Valley
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Stafford
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Romsey and Waterside
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Stockton North
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 21 February 1995
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 21 February 1995
Leigh
Day, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Cheadle
Denham, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Southampton, Itchen
Dover, Den
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Chorley
Dunn, Mr Bob
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Dartford
Dunnachie, Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 21 February 1995
Glasgow, Pollok
Faulds, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 9 March 1995
Warley East
Fry, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Wellingborough
Gallie, Mr Phil
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Ayr
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 13 March 1995
Ilford South
Graham, Mr Tommy
Labour
Signed on 20 March 1995
Renfrew West and Inverclyde
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Ealing North
Hardy, Peter
Labour
Signed on 22 February 1995
Wentworth
Hogg, Norman
Labour
Signed on 21 February 1995
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Basingstoke
Jessel, Toby
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Twickenham
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 21 March 1995
Ealing, Southall
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Gainsborough and Horncastle
MacDonald, Dr Calum
Labour
Signed on 20 February 1995
Western Isles
McAvoy, Mr Thomas
Labour
Signed on 20 February 1995
Glasgow, Rutherglen
McFall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1995
Dumbarton
Murphy, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 20 February 1995
Torfaen
Oakes, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 14 June 1995
Halton
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Batley and Spen
Ross, Mr William
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 20 February 1995
East Londonderry
Rowlands, Mr Ted
Labour
Signed on 28 March 1995
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 20 February 1995
South Belfast
Sumberg, David
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 1995
Bury South
Thompson, Jack
Labour
Signed on 20 February 1995
Wansbeck
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 3 May 1995
Leicester East
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 20 February 1995
Macclesfield
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 21 February 1995
Glasgow, Provan

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

TREATMENT OF SENTIENT CREATURES (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'calves' to end and add 'but disassociates itself from the opinion that the human fetus is sentient, at least before the 24th week of pregnancy; notes that animals ranging in complexity from the one-cell amoeba to the human respond by movement when stimulated; notes that such a response does not imply the awareness necessary for sentience; notes that sentience is a function of the cerebral cortex and that this part of the brain increases greatly in bulk and complexity after the 24th week of pregnancy and its development is not complete until some months after birth; notes that awareness of pain and of the emotions associated with being hurt is a function of consciousness which depends not only on the maturity of the brain but also on the ability to remember and understand information received through the senses; notes that the fetus may have some small degree of consciousness in the last weeks of pregnancy but that full development occurs after birth; notes that the Abortion Act recognises that the protection of the health of the woman has to be balanced against the risks of continuing pregnancy and abortion; and notes that the time limit of 24 weeks for abortion, except in the most unusual and adverse circumstances, meets the needs of the woman and shows a respect for the developing humanity of the fetus that is soundly based on anatomical and psychological observations.'.
Labour, Leyton
25
signatures
EDM 636A1: tabled on 1 March 1995
TREATMENT OF SENTIENT CREATURES (Amendment 1A1)
leave out from `sentient' to end and add ` and recognises this as just another ploy to try to deprive women of the right to make up their own minds'.'
Independent Conservative, Billericay
1
signature
EDM 636A1A1: tabled on 27 March 1995