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PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1093: tabled on 03 July 1996

Tabled in the 1995-96 session.

This motion has been signed by 72 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 notes that earlier this year the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommended that, in late abortions, doctors should ensure the foetus was killed at the outset (suggesting injections of potassium chloride in to the heart in cases of drug-induced abortions) in order to avoid possible charges of murder should the child be born alive and subsequently die; further notes that the College is opposed to outlawing the technique of partial birth abortion used in late pregnancy; notes that this technique involves withdrawing the foetus through the birth canal until only the head remains inside when the bottom of the skull is pierced and the brains sucked out, thus collapsing the head; notes that this would conform with the College guidelines to ensure that the child was born dead; further notes that replies to parliamentary questions clearly show that abortion notification forms fail to specify if abortions are carried out by this method; notes that even before the tenth week of pregnancy foetal structures relating to pain are present and functional, meaning that the child could die in agony; and calls for the immediate banning of this barbaric technique excepting in cases of immediate necessity to save the life of the mother if no other means is possible.

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.

Bendall, Mr Vivian
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Ilford North
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 3 July 1996
Bootle
Booth, Hartley
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1996
Finchley
Bowden, Sir Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Brighton, Kemptown
Boyes, Roland
Labour
Signed on 12 July 1996
Houghton and Washington
Boyson, Sir Rhodes
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Brent North
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 1996
Canterbury
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1996
Stafford
Churchill, Winston
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Davyhulme
Clark, Dr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 10 July 1996
Rochford
Cormack, Sir Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
South Staffordshire
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 3 July 1996
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 8 July 1996
Leigh
Day, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Cheadle
Faulds, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 10 July 1996
Warley East
Fenner, Dame Peggy
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 1996
Medway
Forsythe, Clifford
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 4 July 1996
South Antrim
Fry, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Wellingborough
Gallie, Mr Phil
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Ayr
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Ealing North
Griffiths, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Portsmouth North
Hamilton, Neil
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Tatton
Hawksley, Warren
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 1996
Halesowen and Stourbridge
Hendron, Joe
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 8 July 1996
Belfast West
Hughes, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 14 October 1996
Harrow West
Hughes, Roy
Labour
Signed on 9 July 1996
Newport East
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Basingstoke
Ingram, Mr Adam
Labour
Signed on 17 July 1996
East Kilbride
Jessel, Toby
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Twickenham
Knight, Dame Jill
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Birmingham, Edgbaston
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 1996
Gainsborough and Horncastle
Lynne, Liz
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 1996
Rochdale
MacDonald, Dr Calum
Labour
Signed on 3 July 1996
Western Isles
Maginnis, Mr Ken
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 3 July 1996
Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Marlow, Tony
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Northampton North
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1996
Glasgow, Shettleston
Marshall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 1996
Hendon South
McAvoy, Mr Thomas
Labour
Signed on 3 July 1996
Glasgow, Rutherglen
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 July 1996
Mid Ulster
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 14 October 1996
South Down
Moate, Sir Roger
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1996
Faversham
Murphy, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1996
Torfaen
Neubert, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1996
Romford
Nicholson, David
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 1996
Taunton
Parry, Robert
Labour
Signed on 3 July 1996
Liverpool, Riverside
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Corby
Redwood, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Wokingham
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Broxbourne
Ross, Mr William
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 3 July 1996
East Londonderry
Rumbold, Dame Angela
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Mitcham and Morden
Skeet, Sir Trevor
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
North Bedfordshire
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 3 July 1996
South Belfast
Speed, Sir Keith
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Ashford
Sumberg, David
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Bury South
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Southend East
Thompson, Jack
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1996
Wansbeck
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Crosby
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 8 July 1996
Islwyn
Tracey, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Surbiton
Trimble, Mr David
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 10 July 1996
Upper Bann
Vaughan, Sir Gerard
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Reading East
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1996
Leicester East
Walker, Sir Cecil
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 14 October 1996
North Belfast
Waller, Gary
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 1996
Keighley
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1996
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

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

PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION (Amendment 1)
leave out from `die' to end and add `and to avoid unnecessary distress to the woman having the abortion; further notes that the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Medical Association are opposed to the outlawing of any specific method of abortion, including intact dilation and abortion, because such a ban would undermine a doctor's ability to act in the best intersts of his or her patient in the very rare circumstances when such a procedure might be necessary; believes that the opposition expressed by the Royal Colleges is appropriate, as it is not the role of Parliament to regulate the details of clinical procedures and that, within the regulations of their profession, doctors must have the clinical freedom to choose the method of treatment considered appropriate in that specific clinical situation; further notes that the vast majority of late abortions are the reluctant choise of women with wanted pregnancies and that restrictions of clinically appropriate procedures will increase their suffering and distress and threaten their healthand well-being.'.
Labour, Woolwich
26
signatures
EDM 1093A1: tabled on 10 July 1996